Re­search nears com­ple­tion

Myrtleford Times - - News -

A SMALL group work­ing to record a history of buri­als in the Buck­land Valley are hop­ing to soon fin­ish their re­search.

Those in­volved in the Buck­land Graves Re­search Group, a Bright U3A and Bright and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety joint project have spent more than three years com­pil­ing records of deaths in the Buck­land Valley.

“We now have a data­base of over 279 Euro­peans buried in the Buck­land and 176 Chi­nese, but con­sid­er­ing the history of the valley there must be many more not ac­counted for,” Diann Tal­bot said.

“Our list of Buck­land buri­als has con­tin­ued to grow and we are sure that there were quite a few buri­als in the 1990s that we had not been able to find records of.

“Any­one that has rel­a­tives or knows of some­one that was buried in the Buck­land Ceme­tery we would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate it if they would con­tact us.”

The group is plan­ning to pub­lish their re­search as a book and when com­pleted will pro­vide a reg­is­ter of deaths con­tain­ing de­tails of where a per­son was buried and their cause of death.

Ms Tal­bot said it will make a valu­able re­source for vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike who are re­search­ing their own fam­ily history or for those who have an in­ter­est in the Buck­land Valley.

The group started the ex­ten­sive project in 2015.

“The records for the Buck­land Ceme­tery were lost or destroyed so all we had to work with to start LO­CAL HISTORY: Jan Davey, Mal­colm Sta­ple­ton, He­len Breck­nell, Diann Tal­bot and Roy Ward are part of a team re­search­ing deaths in the Buck­land Valley. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey with was a list that was started by the Cray Robin­son fam­ily,” she said

“The list was based on the names in­scribed on ap­prox­i­mately 52 ex­ist­ing head­stones al­though 12 of those were il­leg­i­ble.

“Fred Vines added more to this list when he was re­search­ing his fam­ily history and I added more from Henry Morgan’s dairy and from death cer­tifi­cates that I had bought when I was re­search­ing for my ‘Buck­land Valley Gold­field’ and ‘Who is She’ books.

“We had a wind­fall when we were handed a folder that con­tained copies of well over 100 death cer­tifi­cates for Buck­land buri­als and were able to add a few names to our grow­ing list of buri­als.

“This col­lec­tion of death cer­tifi­cates made it pos­si­ble for us to in­clude so much more in­for­ma­tion in the text and it’s pro­vid­ing valu­able links to other fam­i­lies that lived in the Buck­land.”

Any­one with rel­a­tives or knows of some­one buried in the Buck­land Ceme­tery can con­tact Diann Tal­bot on 0409 473 362.

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