EVENT TO INCLUDE UNVEILING OF PLAQUE LISTING THOSE KNOWN TO BE AT REST AT WHROO
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.