Mary Goldsmith

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Background

Mary Abigail Goldsmith, the daughter of Ann and James Goldsmith, was born at Brighton, England in 1846. After some time in Geelong, the family travelled to the diggings at Ballaarat, where they lived.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

At the time of the Eureka uprising the Goldsmith family were at Bakery Hill. During the commotion James Goldsmith placed his eight year old daughter, Mary, down a mine shaft for safety.[2]

Post 1854 Experiences

Mary Goldsmith attended the Wesleyan School from 25 March 1864. [3] She married Thomas Barnett.

In the News

BALLARAT REBORN - HOME-COMING WEEK PLANS
Preparations are being- made for the reception of 50,000 visitors and the accommodation of 1000 motor cars at the Eastertide Homecoming at Ballarat.
Eureka Stockade relics and old swords, flintlocks, etc., are being: sought for the reproduction of the Eureka Stockade fight, for which exclusive motion picture rights are being sought by a Melbourne firm. Already mounted police and insurgents are being assembled for training, and old time Jack Coaches are being sought.
Mr F. Smilie, an ancient coach driver, living in Robe street, St. Kilda, will handle a Jack coach team. Mr D. Blanchard, junr., of Collins street, Hobart, whose father was one of the jury (that tried the rebels, said that there will be a big contingent from Tasmania of old Ballarat men. Mrs Mary Goldsmith has written from 33 William street, Melbourne, to suggest that the babies born at Ballarat in 1854 be dressed in the white long calico gowns and white nightcaps of the period, and assemble under a banner Inscribed; "Eureka Stockade Babies of 1854."[4]


Descendants

Bill Shorten, Member for Maribyrnong, Victoria, and Leader of the Opposition in 2016, is a descendant of James and Mary Goldsmith. [5]


See also

James Goldsmith

Descendants

Further Reading

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

References

  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  3. Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  4. Weekly Times , O3 March 1917.
  5. http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=00ATG), accessed 16 August 2016.

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