Eliza Forster

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


BALLARAT COURIER Saturday, December 27, 1884.

FORSTER – On the 25th December, at the George Hotel Ballarat, Eliza Hannah, the beloved wife of Charles Forster; aged fifty-six years.

It is with great regret we record the death of Mrs Forster, the estimable hostess of the George hotel, Lydiard street, the sad event having taken place on Christmas Day , after a very short illness, from spinal sciatica. The deceased lady was one of our oldest identities, having arrived in Ballarat in 1853, and at the time of the Eureka riot went through some stirring times. She made a very large number of sincere friends during her long residence in Ballarat, and was beloved by many of her kind, womanly, and charitable disposition. For some time past she had suffered from severe attacks of sciatica, and in the attack which ended fatally she was insensible for four days before her decease. Mrs Forster was fifty-six years of age , and her death will be regretted not only by her respected husband, but by a very large proportion of the community.

Transcribed By Christine Stancliffe[1]

See also

Further Reading

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.


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. Ballarat Courier, 27 December 1884

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