Caroline <I>Jones</I> Chisholm

Caroline Jones Chisholm

Wootton, Northampton Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Death 25 Mar 1877 (aged 68)
Walham Green, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London, England
Burial Northampton, Northampton Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Memorial ID 27034110 · View Source
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Social Reformer . Community Worker , NSW , Australia [1840 to 1846]. Immigration Promoter , [1846 to 1854]. Community Worker , Port Phillip District of Victoria , Australia , [1854 to 1862]. Known Philanthropist. Born Caroline Jones, in Northhamptonshire England, to a family being well known for their charitable nature, and with this altruistic tradition being inherited by her also, she went on to marry at the age of 22, Captain Archibald Chisholm ,of the East India Company. In [1832] she moved to India, where her husband was stationed. Here she established the Female School of Industry, for the Daughters of European Soldiers. In September [1838] the Chisholm family moved to the Colony settling in Windsor, NSW, Australia. There she began her quest, were she went onto meeting every Immigrant ship arriving in Sydney, particularly focusing on the pusuit of assisting young women arriving in the colonies alone. She found shelter for young women, even in her own home. She had a personal goal in the endeavour of providing housing for Immigrant women, which steered her direction towards approaching Governor George Gipps several times and arguing her ideals. Eventually Governor Gipps finally relinquished part of an empty Female Immigration Barracks. Women and girls alike overwhelmingly started to arrive off the streets. She went on in educating them with the common skills of cooking and cleaning, Mathematics and elocution, needed to pusue employment as domestics, as she invisioned the potential available in outback farming communities. After completing her work in the Colonies she returned to England in [1846], where she continued her tireless pusuit of improving immigration into the colonies of Australia.
She returned to Australia in October [1854], touring the Victorian gold fields, which eventually led to a meeting in Melbourne and after a proposal in November 1854, with some Government help, ten shelters were under construction along the gold routes by [1855]. In [1857] she contracted Kidney disease then relocating to Kyneton, Victoria. Later leaving for Sydney, NSW, for medical treatment. Whilst there she gave public lectures on the land questions between [1859 and 1861]. Then due to financial hardship she again opened a girls school in Newtown [1862]. She finally returned to England in June [1866] with her husband.
She is buried with her husband in Billing Road Cemetery, Northamptonshire, England. The Inscription on her Head Stone Reads , "Caroline Chisholm The Emigrant's Friend".
With her undying Courage she provided Dignity and Hope to the women and families daring to survive the Harsh Australian Colony. It is known she aided over 11,000 immigrants. Her lifes achievements have been commemorated on stamps and on a bank note . She was posthumesly given a Medal, of The Order of Australia in [1994].

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this Memorial to Caroline Chisholm.
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline Jones Chisholm (30 May 1808–25 Mar 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27034110, citing Billing Road Cemetery, Northampton, Northampton Borough, Northamptonshire, England ; Maintained by Annie, NSW, Australia (contributor 46999607) .