Caroline and Richard Baker arrived in the Colony of Victoria and proceeded to the Ballarat Diggings in 1854, the journey taking them six days. In December 1914 the Bakers celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at Elsternwick, Melbourne, a record also achieved by Richard’s brother William Baker, eighteen months previously.
Caroline’s husband, Richard, was a keen supporter of the Ballarat Miners’ Association and an executive at its inception. In 1883 Richard was returned to Parliament for the Lowan electorate, in the Wimmera. He became the Honorary Minister and vice-president of the Board of Lands and Works. Later he became the Minister for Education and Minister for Customs. At the age of 84 years Richard, who was a native of the Isle of Wight died in March 1915 and was buried in the Brighton cemetery leaving Caroline a widow.
Caroline and Richard produced the following children at Ballarat: Ruth b. 1855; Harry b. 1857 (died 1860 aged 2 years); Caroline Ann b. 1860 (died 1862); Austin b. 1862; John b. 1864 (died 1864 at only 1 day old); Florence Eleanor b. 1866 (died 1867 aged 1 year); Margaret b. 1867; and Harry Ernest b. 1869. Austin became a solicitor in Melbourne and Harry E. baker worked for the Mines Department, Melbourne.
Argus, 13 March 1915.