> Celebrating 150 years and 150 stories of the Women who shaped and built Ballarat

In 2017 Ballarat’s New Cemetery celebrates its 150th anniversary when it was formally declared open on 10th June 1867. Today the Ballarat Cemeteries Trust not only provides burial and memorial services to families, but also actively promotes the importance of cemeteries as places of great social, cultural and historical significance. In particular, the many individuals and events who have informed and shaped us as a community.

As part of the 150 Year Anniversary celebrations, the Trust is bringing to life the stories of the many women who have made Ballarat the vibrant and progressive city it is today and importantly to share and celebrate their lives through our 150 years 150 stories project.

Our goal is to collect 150 stories and share the lives and contribution of the many female leaders, visionaries and pioneers who rest in Ballarat’s old and new cemeteries – and most importantly discover the many untold stories held by families and friends within the Ballarat community.

Alternatively you can send your stories into the Trust by email or mail.

Ballarat Cemeteries
1250 Doveton Street North
Ballarat Vic 3350


Monica Miller

Monica Miller - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Lawn B, Secton 04, Grave 17. (BCN-LWNB-04-101-17-02) Monica received early musical training in piano, violin and singing at Ballarat's Loreto College. She was a greatly loved music lecturer at the Ballarat Teachers'...

Fiona Elsey

Fiona Elsey - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Lawn H, Section 15, Grave 41, (BCN-LWNH-15-101-41-01) Fiona grew up in Ballarat and attended Ballarat High School. In 1990 at the age of 13 she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. Fiona underwent treatment at the Royal...

Aileen Palmer

Aileen Palmer - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Lawn H, Section 08, Grave 27. (BCN-LWNH-08-107-27-01) Born on 6 April 1915 in London Aileen was the eldest daughter of Australian-born writers Edward Vivian (Vance) Palmer and his wife Janet (Nettie) Gertrude, née...

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Presbyterian A, Section 04, Grave 36 (BCN-PRSA-04-105-36) Elizabeth Wilson was alleged to have been inside the Eureka Stockade and actively participating. She helped to load guns for her husband, when soldiers...

Mary McAllen

Mary McAllen - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Roman Catholic A, Section 18, Grave 08. (BCN-RCA-18-105-08-02) Wife of Michael Hanrahan who was present at Eureka Stockade battle.  Due to Michael’s involvement in the battle, the assumption can be made that Mary McAllen...

Susannah Morgan

Susannah Morgan - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Wesleyan A, Section 07, Grave 01X. (BCN-WESA-07-105-01X-02) According to the Pioneer Roll Susannah was one of the first women on the Goldfields.  Susannah was said to be highly independent as noted Susannah exercising...


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