> 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


Amy M. Young nee Crouch

Amy Merle Crouch was born in Ballarat in 1916, at the early age of 14 she began her involvement with entertaining others voluntarily, both solo an in choirs, when she took over training of the Sunday School Anniversary Choir. This was the beginning of many years of...

Merle Widmer nee Heath

Merle Heath was born on the 9th August 1922 and was the youngest of six children. She began dancing when she was 10 and finished her schooling at age 15 at Golden Point Primary School. She began to dance and teach full time under the direction of Mellah Frizzelle....


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