Elizabeth Wilson

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Elizabeth Wilson was alleged to have been inside the stockade and actively participating. She helped to load guns for her husband, when soldiers attacked. Elizabeth Wilson’s grandson recalled that She was wild and she used to load his gun and she kept the bullets etc in the shop. She kept supplying that to him. During the battle he ran away and left her, but she was in the stockade area still …. Elizabeth hid the insurgents and possibly saved one from death or being arrested. “All of a sudden one of the miners raced up to her. … The miner said, ‘Look Maam, where can I hide?’” He apparently knew her. She replied, “Right where you stand.” With that she hit him on the shoulder and knocked him down. … She stepped over him, pulled up her hoop skirt, and stood over him. [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

See also

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
  2. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

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