Catherine Donnelly

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Katholisch Kapelle aus den Gravel Pit Lunis 3u Ballarat Januav 1854 by William Strutt. State Library of Victoria Collection (H12532)


Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Anastasia (Carroll) and John Donnelly had a daughter, Mary, baptised at St Alipius on 10 February 1854. The sponsors were Andrew Donnelly and Anna Quinlivin. John was baptised at St Alipius on 3 April 1855 with the sponsors being John Murray and Catherine Bourke.

John Donnelly was a storekeeper at Ballarat and the family’s store and house were destroyed in the fire after the military and troopers had seized the Eureka Stockade on the morning of 3 December 1854. Donnelly claimed to have taken no part in the encounter and put in a claim for £250 for the store and property destroyed. He was said to have carried his daughter, Catherine, away from the fighting during the storming of the stockade.

Another story also places Catherine Donnelly, who was six years old, in the vicinity of the Eureka Stockade. She and other children were reportedly scattered and lost, and were said to have been looked after by Aborigines. Catherine married John Kelly whose father was said to be training three militia for the Eureka Stockade attack. [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

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Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.

Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

Dorothy Wickham, Women in 'Ballarat' 1851-1871: A Case Study in Agency, PhD. School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat, March 2008.

Dorothy Wickham, Blood, Sweat and Tears: Women of Eureka in Journal of Australian Colonial History, 10, No, 1, 2008, pp. 99-115.

Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHSPublishing, 2009.,_Sweat_and_Tears:_Women_at_Eureka

Clare Wright, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Text Publishing, 2013.

Dorothy Wickham, Not just a Pretty Face: Women on the Goldfields, in Pay Dirt: Ballarat & Other Gold Towns, BHSPublishing, 2019, pp. 25-36.


  1. Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2009

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