Pioneer Womens Memorial, Mount Barker, South Australia

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Date: 30 Aug 1936 to 20 Feb 2016
Location: Adelaide Road, Mount Barker, South Australia, Australiamap
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The centenary year of the founding of the Colony of South Australia was 1936. Most communities within the State at that time used this special occasion to commemorate some special aspect of the District.

In the case of Mount Barker, trees were planted along the old Adelaide Road (part of which is now Follett Close) which was the entrance to the town at that time. The plaques with the names of the pioneer women were originally placed at each tree. Mrs Mary Paltridge nee Stephenson (President) and Miss Florence Barker (Treasurer) were involved in the formation of a committee to complete this task. Councillor C E G Nitschke was the Chairman of the Council at that time. The opening dedication service took place on the 30th August 1936. Unfortunately the plaques donated by each family at a cost of one pound no longer exist.

There are 74 names on the original list. It is thought that there may have been other plaques added later but there is no public record so far as we know.

Many of the trees were removed in 1992 with the widening of Adelaide Road to cope with the traffic from the extension of the South Eastern Freeway to Mount Barker. Despite protests from local women of Mount Barker’s Save the Trees Committee, these trees could not be saved.

On 20th February 2016, the Mount Barker Branch of the National Trust of South Australia placed a new plaque to recognise the pioneer women from the original plaques.

List of Pioneer Women

The names of the women, with husband’s name in brackets where married, are as follows:

  1. Eliza Allen (William)
  2. Helen Barker (Lewis)
  3. (Miss) Ann Barker
  4. Sophia Barker (William)
  5. Joanna Barr Smith (Robert)
  6. Anne Bell (Allan sen)
  7. Rebecca Bollen (George)
  8. Elizabeth Bowman (William)
  9. Eva Buermann (Carl) - seems should be Eva's parent's in law Sophia Buermann and husband Carl Buermann
  10. Mary Cameron (Donald)
  11. Elizabeth Champion (Alfred) - Alfred Champion married Pheobe, parents were Richard and Elizabeth
  12. Sarah Chapman (William)
  13. Priscilla Cleggett (James)
  14. Caroline Cleggett (Joseph)
  15. Lucy Coleman (Arthur)
  16. Isabella Cook (Samuel)
  17. Rhoda Cook (Walter sen)
  18. Janet Cornelius (Frank)
  19. Agnes Craig (George sen)
  20. Susanah Daniel (Ben sen)
  21. Alice Duffield (Francis)
  22. Ann Dunn (John sen)
  23. Elizabeth Dunn (John jun)
  24. Frances Dumas (Victor)
  25. Mary Dutch Charles
  26. Mary Ellis (William)
  27. Eliza Eyles (John)
  28. Eliza Ferguson (John)
  29. Elizabeth Fidler (William sen)
  30. Margaret Fidler (William)
  31. Rosina Follett (John)
  32. Susan Frampton (William)
  33. Mary Freeman (Samuel) - perhaps Hannah/Annie Freeman married to Samuel Freeman
  34. Sarah Gilbert (Thomas)
  35. Maryann Good (Thomas)
  36. (Miss) Bridgette Gower
  37. (Miss) Sarah Gower
  38. Mary Howard (Cornelius)
  39. Eliza Hunt (Henry)
  40. Elizabeth McEwen (John)
  41. (Miss) Christina Macfarlan
  42. Louise Macfarlan (Lachlan)
  43. Mary McKenzie (Roderick)
  44. Emma May (Frederick)
  45. Ann Milne (James)
  46. Harriett Morris (John)
  47. Anne Moss (Simeon)
  48. Mary Mould (Richard)
  49. Elizabeth Paltridge (John)
  50. Mary Paltridge (Thomas)
  51. Hannah Pearce (James)
  52. Sarah Pope (Charles)
  53. Katherine Raison John sen)
  54. Jane Richardson (Adam)
  55. Jane Richardson (William)
  56. Mary Ritson (William)
  57. Mary Rollison (William)
  58. Julia Rossi (William)
  59. Catherine Salman (William)
  60. Elizabeth Sanders (Ben)
  61. (Miss) Gertrude Sanders
  62. Grace Sexton (Alfred)
  63. Elizabeth Sisson (John)
  64. Eliza Smith (Frederick)
  65. Mary Smith (Francis)
  66. Sarah Stephenson (Thomas)
  67. Mary Teakle (David)
  68. Mary Thomas (Benjamin)
  69. Jane Thomas (Frederick)
  70. Agnes von Doussa (Louis)
  71. Frances Wedd (George)
  72. Elizabeth Wedd (John)
  73. Ann Weld (Octavius)
  74. Margaret Williams (James Trego)

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Guidance for Inclusion

For each of the pioneer women in the above list, please perform the following:

  • Edit this space page to link their names to their WikiTree profile:
    • Some of the women resided in Mount Barker region, but not actually the townsite
    • Husband's name (majority where married) is good hint that you have the correct profile
  • Edit relevant pioneer womans WikiTree profile as follows:
    • Add to the category Category: Womens Pioneer Memorial, Mount Barker, South Australia
    • Add some information in the biography such as below examples:
      • In 1936, during the centenary year of the founding of the Colony of South Australia, Mount Barker opened the [[Space:Mount_Barker_Pioneer_Women%27s_Memorial_Avenue|Pioneer Women's Memorial Avenue]] which was lined by trees with the names of pioneer women on plaques, including REPLACE.<ref>Monument Australia, Womens Pioneer Memorial, viewed 5 January 2022, </ref>
      • In 1936, REPLACE's name was included on a plaque attached to a tree planted in the [[Space:Mount_Barker_Pioneer_Women%27s_Memorial_Avenue|Pioneer Women's Memorial Avenue]].<ref>Monument Australia, Womens Pioneer Memorial, viewed 5 January 2022,</ref>


  1. Mount Barker - Pioneer Womens Memorial
  2. Mount Barker Pioneer Women (1936, July 25). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from
  3. Womens Pioneer Memorial

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65. Agnes von Doussa (Louis) is Agnes (Bowman) von Doussa (1852-1886)

I have added the following to Agnes' profile - a paragraph re Agnes' inclusion in the Pioneer Womens Memorial and the "Category: Womens Pioneer Memorial, Mount Barker, South Australia"

posted by David Cowan
48. Sarah Pope (Charles) is likely to be Sarah Maria (Davis) Pope (1859-1931)

62. Mary Teakle (David) may be Mary Ann (Sanders) Teakle (1817-1895)

posted by Scott Davis