Unnamed graves project – gone but no longer forgotten
FOR those who have ever visited the Mansfield Cemetery, it is apparent that many graves are occupied yet unmarked.
The Mansfield Family History Group with assistance from the Mansfield Shire Council Community Matching Fund and the Mansfield Cemetery Trust is embarking on a project to mark those graves that have no headstone or identifier.
The project has been in the making for some 12 months and recently, the first 10 markers were put in place.
Tony Riley, vice president of the group, together with Steve Adams and an enthusiastic team of volunteers, designed the cylindrical markers and plaques.
“Our initial aim is to install 125 markers,” Mr Riley said.
“These markers will encompass all of section M and F of the cemetery.
Our hope is that with further funding we may be able to eventually label all the known unmarked graves across the entire cemetery.”
Mr Riley added that council and the Mansfield Cemetery Trust have been very supportive of the project and the outcome is a great example of what can be achieved by the local community when they work together.
Local historian and president of the group, Sheena Daykin, suggests there could be up to 1000 graves yet to be marked.
“Most of these are very old graves,” she explained.
“Family members in many cases no longer exist or have moved away leaving graves without headstones or identifiers.”
The Mansfield Cemetery Trust has plans to produce an improved map of the grounds for visitors to better locate relatives, friends and graves of interest.
NOW MARKED: President of the Mansfield Family History Group, Sheena Daykin, with one of the grave markers.