Mary Chamberlin

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The death has occurred of Mrs. Mary Chamberlin, one of the oldest residents of Ballarat. Deceased, who was 86 years of age, was one of the few women who witnessed the encounter at the Eureka Stockade in 1851, and by all her acquaintances she was regarded as an authority on matters appertaining to those stirring times. Mrs. Chamberlin was mother of Mrs. J. Thomas, of Moonee Ponds; Rev. W. Chamberlin, of Dookie; and Mr. Thos. Chamberlin, an official at the Western railway station, Ballarat. She was highly esteemed in a wide circle.[1]

Also See

Women of Eureka

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. The Age, 29 December 1903.