Tak­ing a walk into our pi­o­neer past By BRAD WOR­RALL

Myrtleford Times - - LOVE THE LIFE -

FANCY a walk on the wild side, per­haps you have grave con­cerns that need ad­dress­ing?

Well this year’s Myrtle­ford Fes­ti­val can look af­ter both your needs.

Last year about 60 peo­ple took the chance of a guided tour through the Pi­o­neer Ceme­tery on the Sun­day night.

The grave­yard was gazetted in 1860 – six years af­ter the dis­cov­ery of gold.

“Burial started the fol­low­ing year,” Myrtle­ford His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent John Tay­lor said.

“It is the rest­ing place of pi­o­neers and is tes­ta­ment of the peo­ple’s con­tri­bu­tion to fam­ily life, their ex­pe­ri­ence of hard­ship and their achieve­ment in this town and district.

“Two thirds of the graves are ar­ranged along de­nom­i­na­tional lines; a Chi­nese Sec­tion also ex­ists.

“The ceme­tery con­tains sev­eral out­stand­ing grave­stones and many sym­bols adorn the graves.

“It is also the rest­ing place of VC win­ner Alby Low­er­son.”

This year’s ceme­tery tour starts at 6pm, again on the Sun­day night, but for those want­ing to stretch their legs and minds in the morn­ing there will also be a walk across Re­form Hill

The walk leaves from Jones Re­serve on Great Alpine Road and takes in great views of the Ovens River val­ley, Mt Buf­falo and the ranges be­yond.

In many places gold min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the past are ev­i­dent.

Walk­ers will also visit the Hume and Hovell Mon­u­ment that dates back to 1924, erected to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of the ex­plor­ers a cen­tury ear­lier.

For more de­tails visit the­myrtle­ford­fes­ti­val.com.au.

PHOTO: Brad Wor­rall

GRAVE CON­CERNS: His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers Philippa Cartwright, Gael Butcher, along with Glenda and Chris Wicks will be on hand for the tour of the Pi­o­neer Ceme­tery.

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