> 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


Mother M Xavier Flood – An Educationalist

Mother M. Xavier Flood (Marianne) was born in Ireland in 1851 and joined the Convent of Mercy, Ballyjamesduff, Ireland.  She travelled to Australia while still a novice in 1872, as one of the foundation members in Warrnambool assisting in the establishment of St...

Barbara Wilson – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Barbara Wilson was born on the 17th February 1929 and died on the 26th July 2015.  She was a hard working staff member of Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables alongside her husband Arthur, who died in 2010. Mrs Wilson is described by her family as having left a brilliant...

Margaret McIver – Australian Olympian

Margaret Elizabeth McIver, Australia's first Olympic dressage rider, passed away on 21 July 2020. She was 86 years old.  Born Margaret Elizabeth Young on the 7th August 1933. "This morning we lost a special mother, grandmother, friend, coach, supporter, trail blazer,...

Lisa Hayden – Cancer Campaigner

In a moving and dignified service, Ballarat’s Lisa Mary Hayden was farewelled at an overflowing St Patrick’s Cathedral after her death on the 20th November 2019 aged 52.  Lisa battled breast cancer for a period of 15 years. Ms Hayden, who worked to raise money and...

Bernice Batrouney – Face of Fashion

Bernice Batrouney had the uncanny ability to make every bride feel special. For more than 70 years, Mrs Batrouney dressed thousands of brides, their wedding parties, families and friends from the Bridge Mall store, Walter Davis. Sadly, the Ballarat fashion doyen died...


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