> 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


Ann Coyle

BCO-E1-11-1-105-14 Ann was born around 1822 at Liverpool, England. She married Dublin born Joseph Coyle in 1840. Ann and Joseph had had eleven children, at least two being born in Ballarat. Margaret Coyle was born of 4 June 1854 at Ballarat. Mary Coyle was born in...

Anastasia Hayes

BCO-E2-26-2-105-07 Anastasia was born around 1818 in Kilkenny, Ireland. She married Timothy Hayes and immigrated with him and their five children to Australia, arriving in October 1852. The family lived in a tent on the gold fields of Eureka where in 1854 Anastasia...

Alice Mary Pittard

BCN-PVF-02-105-01-02 Mrs Alice Mary PITTARD (CROCKER) was Mayoress of Ballaarat 1926-27 and actively involved in community improvements. She was Founder of the National Council of Women in Ballarat and was one of the first two women elected to the Ballarat Hospital...

Frances Hooley

BCN-COEC-05-105-26-03 Present in the Goldfields at the time of the Uprising.  Frances Hooley was well known for her charity in helping those less fortunate.  It can be assumed Frances played a pivotal community role providing voluntary social work to those in her...

Annie Alexander

BCN-PRSA-17-105-14-02 Annie and her family were present around the vicinity of the Eureka Stockade at the time of the battle and would have been witness to the mayhem.  Despite this, Annie remained in the same area raising her family and continuing assisting her...

Mary Lillian McArdle

BCN-LWNK-19-102-04 Mary McArdle attended Sat Columba’s School in Ballarat North and Sacred Heart College in Ballarat East. She began a dressmaking course at the School of Mines, but gave this up when she was needed at home to look after her ailing mother. After Japan...


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