Wonderful Western District Women began during Women’s History Month in March 2017. The idea behind it was to highlight and expand on the stories of some of the wonderful women I had found compiling the Western District Families Pioneer Obituary Index and others found during my general research. This list is a work in progress and there are many more wonderful women who will be added as time goes on.
The women are listed by their maiden names. Their married name/s then follow and the town or districts they were generally associated with. Click on a name to go the Wonderful Western District Women post in which each of the women was featured.
BROWN, Margaret (1835-1939) Also known as Margaret Walker of Portland and Hamilton. New
COLE, Elizabeth (c1845-1942) Also known as Elizabeth Dalziel of Carpendeit.
COOKE, Elizabeth Jane (c1842-1932) Also known as Eliza Morehouse of Cobden.
CROUCH, Emma (1832-1904) of Portland and Coleraine. New
DAVEY, Edith (1861-1939) of Port Campbell
DONNELLY, Jane (c1834-1914) Also known as Jane Walsh and Jane Jenkins of the Portland district and Hawkesdale.
DRISCOLL, Mary (c1828-1908) Also known as Mary O’Driscoll and Mary Wadmore of Cape Bridgewater and Portland. New
GRADY, Catherine (c1832-1916) Also known as Catherine Hamilton of the Macarthur district.
HAZELDINE, Eliza (1857-1941) Also known as Eliza Lea of Wallacedale.
KITTSON, Rebecca (c1827-1929) Also known as Rebecca Lightbody of Cape Bridgewater and Portland.
LEARMONTH, Mary Simpson (1863-1939) Also known as Mary Laidlaw of Hamilton.
MALSEED, Eliza Ann (c1836-1920) of Mount Richmond and Myamyn.
McCANN, Kate St George (c1849-1929) Also known as Kate Trangmar of Coleraine.
MURRAY, Isabella (c1852-1924) Also known as Isabella Helpman of Warrnambool.
NICOL, Janet (c1822-1903) Also known as Janet Laurie and Janet Black of Portland, Mount Gambier, and Cape Bridgewater.
READ, Rachel Forward (1815-1904) Also known as Rachel Hedditch of Cape Bridgewater.
REID, Isabella (c1873-1953) Also known as Isabella Gilhome of Bundoora, Portland and Heywood. New
ROBERTSON, Marslie May (c1844-1930) Also known as May Lewis of Hamilton.
RYAN, Mary (c1834-1914) of Hamilton
SHARP, Elizabeth (c1822-1903) Also known as Elizabeth Sharpe and Elizabeth Gray of Nareeb.
SLOAN, Susan (c1844-1918) Also known as Susan Sloane of Hamilton.
STEWART, Christina (1825-1921) Also known as Christina McPherson of Dartmoor and Hamilton.
WADMORE, Sarah Jane (1859-1941) of Portland.