> 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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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