Lucy: A private life revealed through public records.
A travelling exhibition of the Public Record Office of
Plus, 19th Century Women of Keilor, Curated by Susan Jennison
In light of the Public Record Office of Victoria lending
to the Keilor Historical Society the travelling exhibition
titled Lucy: A private life revealed through public
records we decided to continue our
exhibition talking about women of Keilor in the 19th Century.
We have also added part of the story of two women who
visited Keilor and who played a role in our local history.
The following biographies of Keilor women are based on
a variety of sources available at the Public Records Office
of Victoria such as records of births deaths and marriages,
wills, shipping lists and the Keilor Court Case Books
1858–1869 (VPRS 3211).
Although our Keilor women came from a variety of backgrounds,
achieved different levels of prosperity and lived in homes
ranging from a mansion to a tent, they had many factors
in common. They had braved the arduous journey to Australia;
they had large families; some suffered the loss of one
or more children in infancy; they nursed their husbands
and children through illnesses which occur infrequently
today, if at all. Anaesthetics and antiseptics were in
their early stages while antibiotics were at least a century
away. Some lost their husbands in tragic circumstances
but succeeded in raising their families on their own.
Curator: Susan Jennison OAM
I am indebted to the work of my academic colleague Dorothy
Minkoff in researching a lot of the material you are about
to read. March 2010
Harrick's Cottage Open
Day photo album
as a pdf (784KB)
Sponsors for the day were Brimbank City Council
and Ferguson Plarre, Overnewton Castle and EMC Technologies.