Walk through district’s Ital­ian her­itage

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - Mck­ayrachel@mc­me­dia.com.au

A chance to learn about Co­bram’s Ital­ian his­tory is on of­fer this month.

Co­bram Ceme­tery Trust is host­ing a his­tor­i­cal walk at the Co­bram Pub­lic Ceme­tery to ex­plore the Ital­ian in­flu­ence on Co­bram and district.

The walk is another in­stal­ment of the ceme­tery trust’s pop­u­lar his­tor­i­cal walks, which in re­cent years have ex­plored the his­tory be­hind street names in the district and looked at the lo­cal faces be­hind Mur­ray Goul­burn.

Ceme­tery trust sec­re­tary and trea­surer Rachel McKay said the walks of­ten at­tracted more than 50 peo­ple.

‘‘The ceme­tery is our com­mu­nity and these peo­ple gave some­thing to the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘Their his­tory and ev­ery­thing they did for the com­mu­nity needs to be recog­nised and hon­oured.

‘‘Lots of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity know who these peo­ple are but don’t know much about them.

‘‘Co­bram has a large pop­u­la­tion of peo­ple of Ital­ian de­scent and I think it will be of in­ter­est to many.’’

A great re­sponse was re­ceived from the com­mu­nity af­ter the ceme­tery trust called for in­for­ma­tion about Ital­ian res­i­dents in the district.

‘‘We have info on ap­prox­i­mately 75 peo­ple, with some still to come,’’ Ms McKay said.

‘‘I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come and learn about our com­mu­nity and the va­ri­ety of peo­ple in it.’’

The walk will be held on Novem­ber 19 from 10.30 am to 1 pm. Morn­ing and af­ter­noon, a book­let and map for the walk will be pro­vided.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Rachel McKay on 0418 306 265 or email

Ceme­tery walk: Rachel McKay, Diane Lindhe, Josie Vi­oli and Cath Gat­tuso are busily pre­par­ing for the Ital­ian walk at Co­bram ceme­tery.

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