Back in the 19th century the Larrikins were the rough and tough lads in Australian towns. They would have been the equivalent of today’s “hooligans” in Britain.
They were identifiable by what they were – with the broad brimmed slouch hats and bell-bottomed trousers.
One of the earliest men to earn the nickname of a Larrikin was Peter Lalor with his Eureka Oath of allegiance stating “We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.”
The Southern Cross flag was first flown at the Eureka Stockade, and to this day still remains a symbol of revolution, defiance and Australian spirit.
On 3rd December 1854, the armed uprising at Bakery Hill, Ballarat was fought by gold miners against the corrupt, oppressive colonial forces. It is thought that this event was the start of the Australian democracy.
Tim Minchin, an Australian musical comedian is currently writing the script and music to a new film named the Larrikins which is due for release in February 2018.