> 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


Lesley May Bigarelli (Dickie)

Born in Dunkeld in 1934, Lesley May Dickie was the second eldest child to Madge and Percy Dickie. Lesley attended the Dunkeld Consolidated Primary School then went on to be educated at the Hamilton High School albeit for a short time as she left school at the age of...

Dame Donna Maree Campbell

‘Inspirational motivator’ posthumously honoured. THE Zonta Club of Ballarat was in Donna Campbell’s blood. When the female-only service group was chartered in 1978, board director Val Sarah said Ms Campbell’s membership, and family impact, was not far behind.  “Donna...

Ann & Annie Pittard

Just a wife and mother the two Mrs James Pittard’s buried in Ballarat Cemetery. The first is Ann who died in 1875 she was buried on 16 June in the Church of England A section 1 grave 3, two of her grandchildren were buried with her in July 1876. At Walcott Bath in...

Lorna Bromley

Lorna (Lockett) Bromley died on the 13th April 2018 at the age of 88 and up until the day she died was a passionate supporter of the North Ballarat Football Club. Lorna began following the club as a 16 year old in 1946. Lorna lived with her family on the farm next to...

Keryl Thomas – An advocate for Children and Families

Keryl Ann (Eyres) Thomas was born on the 29th April 1953 in Ballarat and Died on the 19th October 2015. Keryl attended Ballarat North Primary School and Sebastopol Technical School before starting a career in the Public Service, working with children and families...

Sr. Aloysius (Rita) Hayes RSM

Rita was born (in 111 degree = 44 degree C heat) in Charlton Bush Nursing Hospital on 19th January 1928, the fourth of six children for John and Alice Hayes. She was baptised on February 12 in Culgoa. The story of her various names is worth the telling. Her own...


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