Margaret Shann

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Background

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Mrs Shann, described as a “smart young woman of 21 years”, with her husband attended the Bakery Hill Monster Meetings in November 1854. Many women had reasons to be vitally interested in the causes of Eureka and attended the large rallies held on the Ballarat goldfields. They were thus active in a political sense.28 Although it is difficult to find overt evidence of women’s physical presence in the records of events organised by the Ballaarat Reform League and associated with Eureka there is evidence of women attending the Monster Meetings. [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

Margaret Shann attended the Eureka Parade in 1917.

Newsworthy

EUREKA STOCKADE. - ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.
BALLARAT, Saturday-To. mark the 59th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade affray a rotunda was opened this afternoon by Councillor Penhalluriack, the first chairman of the committee formed to improve the Eureka Stockade. The gathering was presided over by the mayor of Ballarat East (Councillor A. J. Pittard), and addresses were given bv Messrs. R. McGregor and M. Baird, M.L.A.'s. The mayor stated that amongst those present were Mrs. Shand, Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Buckley, Mr.P. Dalton, Mr. A. Knight, and others who were in Ballarat when the lighting took place, Mr. Knight being one of those who were with the diggers in the stockade.
The rotunda was erected at a cost of £117, making the recent expenditure on the reserve close on £200.[2]

See also

Eureka 63, 1917

Further Reading

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

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References

  1. Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2009
  2. The Argus, 8 December 1913.
  3. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

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