Elizabeth Freeman

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Elizabeth (Grimason) was born on 12 August 1835 at Tandragee County Armagh, Ireland, one of seven children of Thomas Grimason, a carpenter and weaver and Elizabeth Holmes, a spinner from Tandragee County Armagh, then Portadown. Elizabeth sailed on the Mooltan for Geelong from Southampton 23 April 1853, as a 17 year old, arriving in Point Henry 3 August 1853. She worked as a domestic servant to Charles Wyatt of Frogmore, Fyansford for six months before marrying Londoner John Freeman, 20 years her senior, at Christ Church Geelong on 26 April 1854. They left soon after for Ballarat goldfield. Their first child Jack was born in a tent on 12 December 1855. They moved to Buninyong where William, their second child, was born on 26 Sept 1857. Moving again to Whim Holes (Enfield) around 1858-9 twin daughters were born there on 11 October 1859. Between 1862 and 1874 six more children were born. The Freeman family returned to Ballarat in 1886 where John died from typhoid fever on 21 April 1890 aged 74 years. Soon after on 15 May 1890 their son Thomas also died of typhoid fever, aged 28. Daughter Isabella died on 28 August 1905 aged 41. While in Ballarat several of Elizabeth’s children joined the new Salvation Army, and after her initial displeasure she also joined. Elizabeth lived at Creswick Road next to the Royal Oak Hotel in 1906. She died on 5 February 1910 aged 74 and is buried with John and Thomas in Ballaarat New Cemetery. [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

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Further Reading

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


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

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