> 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


Maureen Bourke

Maureen Sarah McGrath was born in 1925 in Novar Ballarat. She was the first child of Patrick Henry and Bridget Josephine McGrath of Ascot. She was educated at the Ascot Primary School, Scared Heart College (boarder) and Melbourne Teachers' College. She taught at many...

Sarah Fry – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Sarah Fry was born in England and immigrated to Australia in 1854 where she met miner Charles White. They married in the Christ Church of Geelong in 1855 and went to the Goldfields to find their pot of gold. They certainly did not find anything of the kind. Quite the...

Anne Sheridan

Anne Sheridan. Great-Great-Grandmother Anne Bryan was born in County Meath, Ireland in 1835 to tenant farmers, Mary and Thomas Bryan. In 1856 she married Michael Sheridan and sailed from Liverpool, for the Victorian Goldfield’s the following day. The couple had two...


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