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may 30, 1808
Archibald Chisholm
Wootton, Northampton, England
Catholicism, Anglicanism
Female
Gemini
Wootton, Northampton, England
68
Highgate, London, England
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Who is Caroline Chisholm?

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Caroline Jones Chisholm was an English philanthropist and humanitarian known for working towards female immigrant welfare in Australia. She was especially of immense help to young girls without any money or jobs. Caroline gave shelter to these hapless women and found jobs for them from which they could earn a livelihood. Soon she included young men also into the group of people who received help from her. She became a familiar figure on the dockside as she scouted for people disembarking from the ships from England. She went back to England and fought to change the rules and regulations set down by the government regarding people migrating to Australia. She founded societies which gave immigrants to Australia half of the passage money. She forced the government to make the passage of a large number of children and families left behind by emigrants free. She even chartered ships to carry the immigrants to Australia. She encouraged and often funded small farmers and their families to settle down on land in the area of New South Wales and asked the government to free more land for them.

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Caroline Chisholm Childhood & Early Life

Caroline Chisholm was born on May 30, 1808 in a village near Northampton in England. Her father William Jones was a well-to-do farmer. Her mother Caroline was the fourth wife of William Jones. They had seven children from the marriage. She was the last and sixteenth child of William Jones.

Caroline Chisholm Career

Caroline Chisholm went to Madras in India in July 1833 after her husband was recalled to duty by the East India Company.

During her stay there she appealed to the Governor of Madras for setting up a school inside the barracks for young girls going astray but was refused permission.

She founded the ‘Female School of Industry for the Daughters of European Soldiers’ in 1834 which provided practical education like housekeeping, cooking, nursing, reading and writing to the soldiers’ daughters and later on to their wives.

In October 1838 Caroline accompanied her husband Archibald to Sydney, Australia, on a two-year furlough.

They settled in Windsor but soon found out the hardships faced by the immigrant’s, especially friendless, moneyless and jobless young women.

Though Archibald was recalled for duty in 1840, she stayed back to set up a home for these women in Sydney and organized other homes in the rural areas for them which also included families and young men later.

She stayed in Australia for the next seven years and helped more than 11,000 people get shelter and jobs. The ‘Female Immigrant Home’ founded by her helped more than 40,000 people during the next 38 years.

She deposed before two ‘Legislative Council Committees’ about the condition of the immigrants but never took any financial help from the government or financial institutions to run her homes.

She raised the money to help families and people irrespective of their various religious backgrounds by taking subscriptions.

Archibald was released from active duty by the Army on grounds of ill-health in 1845 and he joined Caroline in Australia.

Caroline and Archibald toured the whole are of New South Wales with their own money and collected more than 600 statements from people settled in NSW to encourage fresh immigrants.

She returned to England with her husband in 1846. She published some of these statements in a pamphlet called ‘Comfort for the poor – Met Three times a Day’.

She gave evidence before two ‘House of lords Select Committees’ and was successful in getting government support for some of her endeavors.

Her efforts made the passage to Australia free for the families of convicts and for the emigrants’ children who had been left behind.

She founded the ‘Family Colonization Loan Society’ at her home in Charlton Crescent, Islington, with the help of Sir Sydney Herbert, Lord Shaftesbury and Wyndham Harding FRS in 1849.

In 1851 Archibald returned to Australia to become the ‘Honorary Colonial Agent’ to help the immigrants and collect the repayment of the loans provided by the society while Caroline stayed back in England to carry out her work there.

With the help of this society she got accommodation for the emigrants on ships on their way to Australia which numbered more than 3,000 by 1854. Her insistence on better travelling conditions on ships helped to upgrade the ‘Passenger Act’.

During her stay in England, she toured the whole of Britain, France and Italy and met Pope Pius IX.

In 1854 Caroline went back to Australia and found the condition of the prospectors and their families working in the Victorian gold fields appalling. She helped to build shelters on the route to the goldfields where the prospectors could get rest and some food.

Caroline shuttled between her work in Melbourne and her home and store in Kyneton but had to return to Sydney in 1858 due to growing illness.

By the end of 1859 and the start of 1860 her health had improved and she gave lectures on freeing more land for small farmers.

Archibald went back to England with their younger children in 1865 while Caroline also returned to England with her eldest son in 1866.

Caroline Chisholm Personal Life & Legacy

She got married to Archibald Chisholm, who was more than ten years her senior, when she was 22-year-old.

She had eight children from the marriage.

A large number of educational institutions, suburbs, government departments in England and Australia bear her name.

Caroline Jones Chisholm died on March 25, 1877 in England. She was survived by five children.

Caroline Chisholm Humanitarian Work

She worked tirelessly to uplift the conditions of immigrants in Australia, small farmers and gold prospectors.

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Caroline Chisholm biography timelines

  • Caroline Chisholm was born on May 30, 1808 in a village near Northampton in England. Her father William Jones was a well-to-do farmer. Her mother Caroline was the fourth wife of William Jones. They had seven children from the marriage. She was the last and sixteenth child of William Jones.
    30th May 1808
  • Caroline Chisholm went to Madras in India in July 1833 after her husband was recalled to duty by the East India Company.
    Jul 1833
  • She founded the ‘Female School of Industry for the Daughters of European Soldiers’ in 1834 which provided practical education like housekeeping, cooking, nursing, reading and writing to the soldiers’ daughters and later on to their wives.
    1834
  • In October 1838 Caroline accompanied her husband Archibald to Sydney, Australia, on a two-year furlough.
    Oct 1838
  • Though Archibald was recalled for duty in 1840, she stayed back to set up a home for these women in Sydney and organized other homes in the rural areas for them which also included families and young men later.
    1840
  • Archibald was released from active duty by the Army on grounds of ill-health in 1845 and he joined Caroline in Australia.
    1845
  • She returned to England with her husband in 1846. She published some of these statements in a pamphlet called ‘Comfort for the poor – Met Three times a Day’.
    1846
  • She founded the ‘Family Colonization Loan Society’ at her home in Charlton Crescent, Islington, with the help of Sir Sydney Herbert, Lord Shaftesbury and Wyndham Harding FRS in 1849.
    1849
  • In 1851 Archibald returned to Australia to become the ‘Honorary Colonial Agent’ to help the immigrants and collect the repayment of the loans provided by the society while Caroline stayed back in England to carry out her work there.
    1851
  • With the help of this society she got accommodation for the emigrants on ships on their way to Australia which numbered more than 3,000 by 1854. Her insistence on better travelling conditions on ships helped to upgrade the ‘Passenger Act’.
    1854
  • In 1854 Caroline went back to Australia and found the condition of the prospectors and their families working in the Victorian gold fields appalling. She helped to build shelters on the route to the goldfields where the prospectors could get rest and some food.
    1854
  • Caroline shuttled between her work in Melbourne and her home and store in Kyneton but had to return to Sydney in 1858 due to growing illness.
    1858
  • By the end of 1859 and the start of 1860 her health had improved and she gave lectures on freeing more land for small farmers.
    1859 To 1860
  • Archibald went back to England with their younger children in 1865 while Caroline also returned to England with her eldest son in 1866.
    1865 To 1866
  • Caroline Jones Chisholm died on March 25, 1877 in England. She was survived by five children.
    25th Mar 1877
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Frequently asked questions about Caroline Chisholm

  • What is Caroline Chisholm birthday?

    Caroline Chisholm was born at May 30, 1808

  • Where is Caroline Chisholm's birth place?

    Caroline Chisholm was born in Wootton, Northampton, England

  • What is Caroline Chisholm nationalities?

    Caroline Chisholm's nationalities is British

  • Who is Caroline Chisholm spouses?

    Caroline Chisholm's spouses is Archibald Chisholm

  • What is Caroline Chisholm's religion?

    Caroline Chisholm's religion is Catholicism, Anglicanism

  • What is Caroline Chisholm's sun sign?

    Caroline Chisholm is Gemini

  • When was Caroline Chisholm died?

    Caroline Chisholm was died at March 25, 1877

  • Where was Caroline Chisholm died?

    Caroline Chisholm was died in Highgate, London, England

  • Which age was Caroline Chisholm died?

    Caroline Chisholm was died at age 68