Mary Pilling

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


ANOTHER OLD COLONIST DEPARTS - THE remains of another old Williamstown identity were interred in the local necropolis on Saturday afternoon, the deceased being Mrs Mary Pilling. This widow lady was a very old colonist, and was 76 years of age. She was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, and came to Australia in 1854 in the ship Merchantman. For some years, with her husband (who pre-deceased her some 25 years ago), she resided at Ballarat. She was there at the time of the Eureka Stockade trouble, where Mr Samuel Pilling was a close companion and friend of the late Hon. Peter Lalor, M.L.A., a one-time Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Victoria. Mrs Pilling recollected Mr Lalor being hidden below in a shaft from the mounted police. There he was surreptitiously fed for days by his companion diggers. Deceased leaves a family of four daughters and two sons to mourn her loss, and in addition twenty-two grandchildren and three great grandchildren, altogether some 31 descendants. At the grave side the Rev Father Egan officiated. The pall-bearers were the six grand sons of the deceased, Messrs C, A., F. and H. Carpenter, S. Pilling and W. Phillips. Mr J. H. Whear had charge of the mortuary arrangements.[1]

See also

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Williamstown Chronicle, 17 December 1910.

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