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Caroline Chisholm
Caroline Chisholm
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The double sided wooden slatted seat on bluestone blocks and pillars commemorates Caroline Chisholm who was known as `the emigrant`s friend`.

She earned this title for her work with poor migrants to Australia last century. Chisholm was one of this country`s most outstanding women. Her portrait was on the five dollar note for more than twenty years. Chisholm landed in Port Phillip in 1854, and she successfully campaigned for the erection of shelter sheds for diggers between Melbourne and Castlemaine.

The sheds were erected at Essendon, The Gap, Gisborne, Keilor, Keilor Plains, Black Forest, Woodend, Carlruhe, Malmsbury and Elphinstone in 1855. She lived in Kyneton in November and December 1857 attempting to recuperate from many years of assisting female immigrants from England. Ill health forced her to leave for Sydney and in 1866 she returned to England where she died in 1877. 

Location

Address:Epping Street, Kyneton, 3444
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.251725
Long: 144.45832
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Seat
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Humanitarian
Approx. Event Start Date:November-1857
Approx. Event End Date:November-1857
Monument Manufacturer:Kyneton Historical Society

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th September, 1966
Left Side Inscription

Caroline Chisholm. The migrant`s friend lived near this spot in 1858.

Right Side Inscription

Unveiled by Hon. H. Opperman Minister for Immigration 25 September, 1966

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