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...

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...

Mary Morrison

Mary Morrison was living in Ballarat at the time she signed the Women’s Petition. She was born in 1863 in a small gold-mining settlement not far from Ballarat and close by father worked at the diggings at Dolly’s Creek. Due to ill health as a miner, he was...