Susan Blight

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Susan Blight shown on the Women of the Diggings cover, Ballarat Heritage Services


Susan Pulford Blight and John Blight were married in Stoke Damerel, Devon, England on 11 August 1844. There is an interesting story of their journey by Sue Reid. [1] Apparently John Blight left for Australia on the Ellen leaving his pregnant wife Susan and his children in Plymouth. Susan sold his bakery business and boarded the Eliza sailing from Plymouth on 22 August 1852 with her sister-in-law Elizabeth Blight and her children. She then advertised in the Melbourne Argus each day for a week: Mr John Blight, per ship Helen [sic] from Liverpool, is requested to communicate with his wife, who has arrived in the Eliza. Address care of Dalgety, Gore, & Co. The child born soon after Susan's arrival in the Colony of Victoria was named Ellen Eliza Victoria Blight after the vessels they had emigrated upon, and the new colony in which they found themselves.

Her persistence won out and the family was reunited.

Susan and John Blight had six children: Nell born 3 January 1853, married John Harvey; Jane Watson Blight, married William Glover. John and Susan's death certificates record six children while John Blight's obituary records only five children. (Edith Louisa Blight had predeceased him in 1878). [2]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

The portrait of Susan Blight by Thomas Flintoff is shown on the cover of Women of the Diggings by Dorothy Wickham.[3]

Post 1854 Experiences

See also

John Blight

Women of Eureka

Further Reading

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

The book written by Mary Fleay Beasy gives an account of her mother Maude Glover Fleay, the daughter of Jane Watson Blight and William Glover. [4]

Some family details are also given in another book about artist Maude Glover Fleay. [5]

Dorothy Wickham, Women in 'Ballarat' 1851-1871: A Case Study in Agency, PhD. School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat, March 2008.

Dorothy Wickham, Blood, Sweat and Tears: Women of Eureka in Journal of Australian Colonial History, 10, No, 1, 2008, pp. 99-115.

Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHSPublishing, 2009.,_Sweat_and_Tears:_Women_at_Eureka

Clare Wright, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Text Publishing, 2013.

Dorothy Wickham, Not just a Pretty Face: Women on the Goldfields, in Pay Dirt: Ballarat & Other Gold Towns, BHSPublishing, 2019, pp. 25-36.


  1. Genealogical Society of Victoria, Ancestor Volume 29, Issue 2, June 2008, p. 7.
  2. Letter from Sue Reid dated 4 February 2012.
  3. Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHSPublishing, 2009.
  4. Mary Fleay Beasy, The artfull [sic] duchess, 1974
  5. Rosemary Fleay Thompson and Mary Fleay Beasy, The Girl from Sulky Gully: A Review of the Life of Australian Artist Maude Glover Fleay 1869 -1965, 1999.

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