Mary Abigail Barnett (nee Goldsmith) was born on 26th September 1847, at Brighton East Sussex England, to Jas Herbert Goldsmith and Jane Goldsmith (born Barber).  Jane Goldsmith died in 1848.

She arrived in Ballarat (Geelong in January 1853) with her father, stepmother Ann and two brothers Samuel and James. Whilst the Eureka Stockade was taking place in 1854, she was placed, with other children, in a hole for shelter.  Mary married Thomas Henry Barnett in 1868.  Thomas gave the art gallery the sword carried by Captain Wise when he was shot dead in the fight. It was a souvenir at the time by George Bentley, a soldier, who handed it to Mr Barnett. The eldest son of Mr Tom Barnett, who manages a business and daughter is the wife of Mr J. Keith, President of Ballarat Benevolent Home Committee and Secretary of the Caledonian Society.

Mary died on the 7th November 1930.  She is buried in the Ballarat New Cemetery Church of England A, Row 11, Grave 44.