Research nears completion
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.