> 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.


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'...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Mary Ann Harrison

Mary Ann Harrison - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Private D, Section 09, Grave 05. (BCN-PVD-09-05-01) Lived with her husband and children in Ballarat in 1854-1880 and present during events of the Eureka Stockade...
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Sarah May Coulter

Sarah May Coulter - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Presbyterian B, Section 07, Grave 49. (BCN-PRSB-07-105-49-01) Present on the Goldfields during the times preceding the Eureka Uprising.  Sarah and her family elected to leave prior to the incident fearing the...
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Ellen Lister

Ellen Lister Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Wesleyan D, Section 3/4, Grave 44. (BCN-WESD-3/4-105-44-01) Ellen Lister was married to Andrew Lister who, it is claimed by his daughter, fought alongside Peter Lalor during the battle.  Given the assumption Ellen Lister...
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Jane Cuming

Jane Cuming - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Church of England A, Section 08, Grave 01. (BCN-COEA-08-105-01-01) Assisted the leader of the Eureka Uprising, Peter Lalor, evade capture and nursed his wounds.  Jane and her husband emigrated from England to the...
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Marianne Lynn

Marianne Lynn - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Private D, Section 06, Grave 05. (BCN-PVD-06-105-05) Marianne was married to one of the first founding solicitors at Ballarat.  Their accommodation was opposite Martha Clendinning.  Assumptions can be made that both...
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Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman Location - Ballarat New Cemetery, Church of England C, Section 3, Grave 17.  (BCN-COEC-03-105-17-03) Arriving in Australia at 17 years of age, Elizabeth worked as a domestic servant until she married John Freeman who was 20 years her senior. ...
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Elizabeth Eggleton

Elizabeth Eggleton - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Church of England B, Section 03, Grave 38. (BCN-COEB-03-105-38-03) Present on the Goldfields at the time of the Eureka...
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Martha Clendinning

Martha Clendinning, Location - Ballarat New Cemetery, Church of England D, Section 1, Grave 47. (BCN-COED-01-105-47-48) Known as the ‘lady who walked to Ballarat’  Martha was present on the Goldfields with her sister.  Both were married and both became prominent...
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Agnes Grieg (Franks)

Agnes Grieg (Franks) - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Presbyterian A,  Section 19, Grave 02. (BCN-PRSA-19-105-02X-02) Agnes was 16 years old at time of Eureka Uprising and an eye witness to events.  Agnes travelled with family to the Goldfields to join her father...
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Mother Stanislaus Mulhall (1851 – 1923)

Mother Stanislaus Mulhall was one of the early members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Loreto Sisters, to come to Australia and make her contribution to education. Barbara Mulhall, one of thirteen children, was born in Dublin in 1851. She became a nun...
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Mother Hilda Benson – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Louisa Benson was a Yorkshire born woman. She studied at the Notre Dame Training College in Liverpool, graduating with distinction in 1865. A convert to Catholicism, Louisa entered the religious order of the Loreto Sisters in Dublin in 1868, taking the religious name...
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Jessica Simon (nee Stone) – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

The home of elegance and beauty, Stone's clothing store was also home to Jessica Stone, fashion queen of Ballarat. Stone's was a high end clothing store for women and it was here the young Jessica Stone, Bernard and Hannah's daughter started working with her parents....
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Matilda Louise Thompson – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Thompson, Matilda Louise (1871–1959) A Woman of Many Firsts Matilda ‘Tilly’ Louise Thompson, businesswoman and philanthropist, was born on 28 April 1871 at Ballarat, Victoria. Described as a woman of 'boundless and terrifying energy', she joined well known textile...
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Gertrude Healy – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Healy, Gertrude (1894–1984) Nationally and internationally recognized violinist, teacher and composer Ballarat born Gertrude was educated locally at Sacred Heart College where she demonstrated prodigious gifts as a violinist, competing against (Sir) Bernard Heinze at...
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Annie Maynard Westcott – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Annie Maynard Westcott 1875 - 8th May 1951 Ballarat and WWI nurse Annie Maynard Westcott was born in 1875 at Leigh Creek to a well known family whose market gardens and orchards supplied Ballarat’s population of 60,000 with fresh fruit, vegetables, and ‘a range of...
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Karen Overington – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Karen Overington (1951-2011) Politician and passionate supporter of the disadvantaged and the people of Ballarat Karen Overington was an Australian politician and Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2010, representing the...
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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.

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