Taking a walk into our pioneer past By BRAD WORRALL
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.
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.