Res­i­dents re­mem­bered


Shepparton News - - NEWS -

It has been more than 60 years since the last res­i­dent de­parted the tiny set­tle­ment of Whroo but on Sun­day the for­mer town will be very much alive.

The old ceme­tery trus­tees will wel­come the de­scen­dants of dozens of peo­ple buried at the Whroo ceme­tery since 1853, when gold was first dis­cov­ered and briefly brought sev­eral thou­sand prospec­tors to the area.

The oc­ca­sion will in­clude the un­veil­ing of a me­mo­rial plaque list­ing the names of those known to be rest­ing there, com­piled from of­fi­cial records and other sources.

Also avail­able to vis­i­tors will be about 150 obit­u­ar­ies col­lected from news­pa­per ar­chives, pro­vid­ing de­tails of the lives of some of those buried in the ceme­tery.

‘‘There are min­ers who suc­cumbed to ill­ness or died from ac­ci­dents in the shafts, and a large num­ber of chil­dren taken in in­fancy when ill­nesses such as diph­the­ria or dysen­tery swept through the com­mu­nity,’’ ceme­tery trust chair­man Bob Holschier said.

There are also a num­ber of un­named Chi­nese min­ers buried by their mates, who oc­cu­pied their own camp space near the town.

The ceme­tery has been closed for many years af­ter all burial sites were oc­cu­pied, and is main­tained by a small group of trus­tees and vol­un­teers.

Mr Holschier said while the ceme­tery trus­tees hoped to see many de­scen­dants at the event, the gen­eral pub­lic was also wel­come to at­tend.

Whroo also fea­tures other at­trac­tions such as the mag­nif­i­cent open cut Bala­clava Mine, and the wa­ter­hole carved by in­dige­nous in­hab­i­tants of the area in rock just a short walk from the ceme­tery. ● The Whroo ceme­tery event will be held on Sun­day at 1.30 pm at Whroo Ceme­tery which can be found off WhrooNagam­bie Rd.

Alive with his­tory: the Whroo ceme­tery will be a place for the liv­ing this Sun­day.

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