> 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


Wavie Williams

BCN-BOR-APR-302-07-01 Ms Wavie Williams was the Queen of the Ballarat theatre. Born and raised in Ballarat, Waive was a talented solo performer with a beautiful voice. With a background in calisthenics, she quickly became a dance and movement teacher and was drawn to...

Rosaline Bonighton

CREMATED-ASHES COLLECTED Born in Ballarat, she was raised among organs as her parents ran an organ technician business. At Melbourne University, where she gained a bachelor of music, she studied composition under Keith Humble, Theodore Dollarhide, Lawrence Whiffin,...

Gertrude Healy (buried as Catherine)

BCN-RCD-01-105-12-02 Nationally and internationally recognised violinist, teacher and composer Ballarat born Gertrude was educated locally at Sacred Heart College where she demonstrated prodigious gifts as a violinist, competing against (Sir) Bernard Heinze at Royal...

Eileen Mary Healy (Mother Bonaventure)

BCN-RCD-01-105-01-01 Eileen Mary Healy (1888-1966), best known as Mother Bonaventure, Sister of Mercy, was born on 22 September 1888 at Ballarat East, Victoria, second of five children of Victorian-born parents Michael John Healy, railwayman, and his wife Mary Helena,...

Ethel May Bolton

Sister Ethel May BOLTON from Webster Street in Ballarat was the daughter of Lt. Col. William Bolton who commanded the 8th Battalion. The third of 11 children, aged 29, she had nursed at the Ballarat Hospital for four years before joining the Australian Army Nursing...

Ethel Rose Douglas

Staff Nurse Ethel Rose DOUGLAS was a 33 year old from Errard Street Ballarat who joined the Australian Army Nursing Service in Egypt on September 20th 1915. She had previously spent three years at the Ballarat Base Hospital and had also nursed in New Zealand. While in...


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