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Caroline Chisholm : 10-July-2011
Caroline Chisholm : 10-July-2011
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The plaque commemorates the centenary of the death of 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 Sydneyand in 1866 she returned to England where she died in 1877.


Address:Gisborne Street, Burston Reserve, East Melbourne, 3002
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.811022
Long: 144.975362
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1877
Approx. Event End Date:1977


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th March, 1977
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Caroline Chisholm
 1808 - 1877

This plaque was unveiled by the Honourable Walter Jona, M.P., Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, on March 25th, 1977, to commemorate the centenary of the death of Caroline Chisholm.

She earned gratitude of the people of Victoria for her work in welcoming immigrants and in erecting shelters for travellers on the road to the goldfields of Castlemaine.

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