Sarah Lloyd

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Irrespective of class or marital status Ballarat women worked to survive, to provide sustenance for themselves and their families, to supplement family income and to elevate their social status. The journal entries of Martha Clendinning clearly show that Martha, an upper middle class Irish immigrant, and her sister Sarah Lloyd, wished to contribute to family finances. “Besides finding something to occupy our time, we felt we should much like some way of making a little money to help our husbands in their hard work” wrote Clendinning.60 Men often did not like to see their wives working because of ideological notions of gendered work, and Lloyd openly derided his wife and his sister in law on their scheme to set up a store at the diggings. [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

See also

Further Reading

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

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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