Matilda Lang

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Matilda Lang was the daughter of John Gilchrist of Paisley, Scotland. She married Thomas Lang, the Ballarat nurseryman. She died on 14 February 1914 and was interred at Boroondara Cemetery (Kew).[1]


Matilda Lang started Queens College in Ballarat. It much later amalgamated with Ballarat grammar School to become Ballarat and Queens Grammar School.



We regret to notice in the obituary column of the "Argus" of Tuesday, the death of Mrs Matilda Lang, daughter of the late Mr John Gilchrist, of Paisley, Scotland, and widow of the late Mr Thomas Lang, nurseryman of "Kilmarnock" Ballarat and Melbourne, and for many years the legal manager of the famous Coster-field Gold and Antimony Mine, Costerfield. Mrs Lang was mother of Mrs von der Luft, of Heathcote, and Mrs Field, widow of the late Mr Edwin Field, who was manager for years of the mine above mentioned. The deceased lady, who had visited Heathcote on many occasions, was in her 95th year, and was a colonist of 58 years. Mrs Lang passed away on Saturday last, the 14th inst., at the resi-dence of her son-in-law, Mr C. B. Hume, "Clifton," Morong-road, Hawthorn, the interment being in the Kew Cemetery. We extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs von der Luft, other members of the family and relatives in their sad bereave-ment. Relative to the sad event, we take the following from the personal column of the "Argus" of Tuesday:— "An old identity, in the person of Mrs Thomas Lang, died on Saturday, at Hawthorn. Born in Paisley in 1820, she was therefore in her 95th year. She arrived from Scotland with her family in The Star of the East in 1855, and will be remembered, particularly by older Ballarat and Melbourne residents, as the wife of the late Mr Thomas Lang, one of the earliest and most enthusiastic horticulturists in Victoria. In the early days she was principal of one of the first private schools opened in Ballarat. She leaves a family of five daughters, 17 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.[2]

See also

Matilda Lang's Washing Machine

Thomas Lang



  1. The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser, 19 February 1914.
  2. McIvor Times, 19 February 1914.

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