Emma-Kate McGrath – A Life Taken Too Soon

At 19 on the 3rd May 2017 Meningococcal disease cut short the life of  beautiful, vibrant and compassionate Emma-Kate McGrath.  A graduate from Loreto College Ballarat, Emma-Kate was studying Nursing/Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University Campus when she...

Raeleen & Margaret McLeod – Lucas Girls

Margaret, being one of a family of eleven, was born at Ballarat in 1913 and her daughter Raelene, who had one brother, was born in 1940.  They both worked at the renowned Lucas factory. Margaret was educated at Macarthur Street State School and began work as a...

Bertha Bowman – A Lucas Girl

Bertha Ham was born on the 18th February 1905 at the family home in Ainley Street, Ballarat East.  She attended Brown Hill and Dean State School after which her education continued at Ballarat High.  After twelve months at Ballarat High and at the age of fifteen she...

Bridget Margaret Irwin nee Byrne – Pioneer Woman

Bridget Margaret Byrne emigrated with her parents from Ireland some time in the early 1850s.  She married William Irwin in 1856.  She was present in Ballarat at Eureka in 1854 tending to the sick and wounded.  After the events of Eureka Bridget and William produced...

Joan Heywood Chambers – Community Leader & Teacher

Joan Heywood Murray was born on the 18th March 1930 in Elsterwick.  The eldest of four girls, Joan attended Ormond State School, Tintern Church of England Girls Grammar School and Melbourne University receiving a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education.  In later...