From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- ELEANOR Chisholm, wife of four-time Ballarat mayor Jack Chisholm, has died at the age of 94.
- As well as being mayoress, a role she relished, she had a remarkable life and left a legacy for her beloved Ballarat community together with her husband.
- Mrs Chisholm was born in Ballarat on Christmas Day, 1919, to Selina and Syd Pollard. She went to Pleasant Street Primary School and Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College. She left school to become a milliner at Patterson Powell and then Morseheads, both jobs which she loved.
- During World War Two, she joined the Army and was a nurse at Watsonia Barracks, and later at Vic Park field hospital. Both hospitals during the war were makeshift facilities under canvas. There, she nursed the returned injured soldiers, many of whom had malaria. She often sat with these soldiers, holding their hand as they died. This experience with the Army was the highlight of her working life.
- Not long after the war finished – in fact on November 21, 1945 – she and Jack Chisholm married and soon after came their much-loved children Heather, John, Anne and Elizabeth. ...
- ... Mrs Chisholm died on February 12, 2014. She was then laid to rest with her beloved husband Jack.
- ↑ Ballarat Courier, 19 February 2014.
--Clare K.Gervasoni 22:43, 18 November 2017 (AEDT)