> 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


Elizabeth Eggleton

Elizabeth Eggleton - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Church of England B, Section 03, Grave 38. (BCN-COEB-03-105-38-03) Present on the Goldfields at the time of the Eureka...

Martha Clendinning

Martha Clendinning, Location - Ballarat New Cemetery, Church of England D, Section 1, Grave 47. (BCN-COED-01-105-47-48) Known as the ‘lady who walked to Ballarat’  Martha was present on the Goldfields with her sister.  Both were married and both became prominent...

Agnes Grieg (Franks)

Agnes Grieg (Franks) - Location, Ballarat New Cemetery, Presbyterian A,  Section 19, Grave 02. (BCN-PRSA-19-105-02X-02) Agnes was 16 years old at time of Eureka Uprising and an eye witness to events.  Agnes travelled with family to the Goldfields to join her father...

Mother Stanislaus Mulhall (1851 – 1923)

Mother Stanislaus Mulhall was one of the early members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Loreto Sisters, to come to Australia and make her contribution to education. Barbara Mulhall, one of thirteen children, was born in Dublin in 1851. She became a nun...

Mother Hilda Benson – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Louisa Benson was a Yorkshire born woman. She studied at the Notre Dame Training College in Liverpool, graduating with distinction in 1865. A convert to Catholicism, Louisa entered the religious order of the Loreto Sisters in Dublin in 1868, taking the religious name...


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