Mary Barell – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Mary Barrell was a women who, upon being abandoned by her husband, practiced folk magic, fortune telling and traditional healing methods in the Ballarat Cemetery for the poor women of Ballarat. In doing so she attracted the ire of James Oddie, for receiving funds from...

Matilda Cutler

Matilda Cutler – Died aged 69 in 1903 She was a woman who was incarcerated at the Ararat Lunatic Asylum and, upon her release, went to the Courier with harrowing stories of neglect and abuse. Her testimony, along with others, was critical in initiating the Zox...

Sister Sarah Bell

BCO-JAB-1-105-53 Sarah Bell was born at Scarsdale, Victoria, and trained as a nurse at the Ballarat District hospital for three years. During World War One she enlisted at the age of 33 into the 1st Australian General Hospital. Her next of kin was her mother Mary Bell...