The splitter’s daughter
Annie Biggs, a splitter’s daughter, lived here in a bark and slab hut in 1865. In her eighties, she told her granddaughter about growing up in the ‘Wombat’: “Our little company rambled about the Ballan Road and when I was seven we moved to a hut on the banks of the Lerderderg River at Mount Wilson. The hut had a paling side and a bark roof, the floor was of beaten down earth covered in kangaroo skins. The men shot roos for meat and mummy kept goats. Our diet mainly consisted of eggs, goat’s milk and Senna tea, boy how much of that stuff I took!”
- Daylesford & District Historical Society.
- Victorian Public Records Office, Inquest into the death of Henry Biggs, 1864.
- McClaughlin, T., Barefoot and pregnant? – Irish famine orphans in Australia, The Genealogical Society of Australia, 2001.