> 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
enquiries@ballaratcemeteries.com.au

Stories

Ethel May Bolton

Sister Ethel May BOLTON from Webster Street in Ballarat was the daughter of Lt. Col. William Bolton who commanded the 8th Battalion. The third of 11 children, aged 29, she had nursed at the Ballarat Hospital for four years before joining the Australian Army Nursing...

Ethel Rose Douglas

Staff Nurse Ethel Rose DOUGLAS was a 33 year old from Errard Street Ballarat who joined the Australian Army Nursing Service in Egypt on September 20th 1915. She had previously spent three years at the Ballarat Base Hospital and had also nursed in New Zealand. While in...

Effie McLeod

Nurse Effie McLeod was born at Warrnambool but was resident at the Wattle Tea Rooms in Lydiard Street Ballarat when, as a 25 year old, she joined the Australian Army Nursing Service on May 24th 1917. She had previously had four years of nursing experience in Ballarat....

Blodwyn Elizabeth Williams

Blodwyn Elizabeth WILLIAMS was born in Ballarat, the daughter of Elizabeth and Tudor Williams from Dowling Street. She trained as a nurse at the Ballarat Base Hospital and was 33 years of age when she enlisted with the Australian Army Nursing Service in June 1915. She...

Ira Effrett – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Ira Effrett O.A.M. – Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Section - Fountain Gardens, Grave 35. Born on the 15th March, 1950, in Horsham, Victoria, to parents who arrived in Australia in 1949 as displaced persons from the Ukraine and Estonia, Ira was regarded as the first...

Ira Effrett O.A.M

Ira Effrett O.A.M. – Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Section - Fountain Gardens, Grave 35. Born on the 15th March, 1950, in Horsham, Victoria, to parents who arrived in Australia in 1949 as displaced persons from the Ukraine and Estonia, Ira was regarded as the first...

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