Mary Hannah Searl

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Mary Hannah (Hannah) Searl married William Emerson in 1853.[1]


Eureka Stockade Memory.
Death of an Eye-Witness.
Another of the comparatively few remaining eye-witnesses of the stirring scenes of the historic Eureka Stockade, of 1854, passed away on Saturday last, when Mrs. Hannah Emerson, relict of the late Mr William Emerson died at the home of her son-in-law, Dr. J . B. Donaldson, at Linton, Victoria. The deceased lady would have attained her 81st birthday, had she lived till to-day. She retained her mental faculties to a remarkable degree up till the time of her death, and much of the late information supplied to the Victorian Press regarding Peter Lalor's gallant stand, came from the late Mrs. Emerson's lips. The deceased lady was one of the kindliest of souls. Her charitableness knew no hounds; her charity was limited only by her means,- and in the course of her long and eventful life she had gathered around her an innumer able circle of friends. She leaves seven sons and daughters. Two of her sons are resident in Melbourne, three of her daughters are living in Victoria, oe' son is in Tasmania, and the remaining son, Mr. E. S. Emerson, editor of Australia's latest magazine, "The Big Aus," is living in-Brisbane.[2]

Also See


Women of Eureka

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.,_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. Victorian Marriage Registrations.
  2. Brisbane Telegraph, 09 Septeber 1913.