Mary Barell – Women who shaped and built Ballarat

Mary Barrell was a women who, upon being abandoned by her husband, practiced folk magic, fortune telling and traditional healing methods in the Ballarat Cemetery for the poor women of Ballarat. In doing so she attracted the ire of James Oddie, for receiving funds from...

Matilda Cutler

Matilda Cutler – Died aged 69 in 1903 When Matilda Cutler was released from a period of incarceration at Ararat Asylum in 1883, she returned to her home and husband in Ballarat with horrific stories of abuse. Beatings, whippings, force feedings resulting in...

Sarah Bell

Sarah Bell was born at Scarsdale, Victoria on the 23rd June 1874, the daughter of Robert Bell and Mary nee Allen.  She trained as a nurse at the Ballarat District hospital for three years. During WW1 she enlisted at the age of 33 into the 1st Australian General...