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 the benevolent asylum while earning an income from charms and fortune telling and from several local men, one of whom attempted to murder her. She represented the survival of traditional British folk customs surrounding the practice of ‘cunning women’ and is buried along side her son in Ballarat’s old cemetery. A story on her life was published in the courier here.,

also I was interviewed on her story here

and we did an episode on her life with Tales from Rat City here.