Take a walk through set­tlers’ his­tory

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The Co­bram Ceme­tery Trust is hold­ing a ‘‘Sol­dier Set­tlers’’ themed walk in Novem­ber and it needs your help.

Co­bram Ceme­tery Trust sec­re­tary Rachel McKay said the group was look­ing for com­mu­nity mem­bers’ help with its lat­est project.

‘‘We don’t need the per­son’s whole life story, just ba­sic de­tails of how they came to be set­tlers and what this meant for them be­cause they be­came im­por­tant parts of the fab­ric of our com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

In the past the group has held ceme­tery walks with the themes ‘‘the Ital­ian in­flu­ence’’ and ‘‘where the streets got their names’’.

They were a great suc­cess, with more than 150 peo­ple turn­ing out for the Ital­ian walk.

Mrs McKay is fas­ci­nated by lo­cal his­tory and said events like this were fan­tas­tic be­cause ev­ery­body had a story, and some were very in­ter­est­ing.

‘‘While we will be ex­plor­ing their iden­tity as a farmer set­tler, a lot of peo­ple will recog­nise them for the great things they did in the com­mu­nity,’’ Mrs McKay said.

Some of the no­table set­tlers buried in the ceme­tery in­clude Wal­ter Ot­trey, for whom Ot­trey Homes is named; Harold Jobling, who built the out­door pool; and Eileen Taylor, for whom the kin­der­garten is named.

There are many more names peo­ple will be fa­mil­iar with.

Mrs McKay said while the ceme­tery trust had been in con­tact with fam­ily mem­bers of most of the set­tlers, there were still some they have been un­able to get in touch with. Any­one able to pro­vide more information can email mck­ayrachel­cct@big­pond.com

Time for an­other one: Rachel McKay at a pre­vi­ous ceme­tery walk.

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