> 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


Anne Curtain

BCO-GN-08-105-24-02 Anne married Patrick Curtain on 18 June 1846 at St Francis Church. Melbourne.

Sister Emily Pauline Cherry

BCO-DN-09-105-03 Emily Cherry trained as a nurse at the Ballarat Hospital. She was a member of the Australian Army Nursing Service. Her married name was Emily Ireland. She died on 02 July 1962, aged 72, and was buried in the Ballarat Old Cemetery....

Madge Evelyn Bartrop

Madge Everlyn Bartrop Born 13th May 1904 Died 25th November 1999. As a young girl lived at Bacchus Marsh and Following death of her parents transferred to Ballarat to live with her maternal grandfather and a maiden aunt. Secondary schooling was at Ballarat high School...

Miss Ellen Gourley – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Miss Ellen Jane Gourley J.P.O.B.E. Ellen Jane Gourley was born in Shepherds Flat in 1878 to Gilbert & Ann Jane Coute. She was one of seven children, Ellen being the second youngest. It was reported that she was the first women in the Ballarat & district to...


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