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Cairn commemorates the site of one of the shelters erected for immigrants by Caroline Chisholm. Caroline Chisholm 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.


Address:Grice Crescent & Mt Alexander Road, Essendon District Nursing Service, Essendon, 3040
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.752835
Long: 144.916406
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1855
Approx. Event End Date:1855
Source: MA,VMR,ADB
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