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Vaughan Cemetery

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Burgoyne Street, Vaughan VIC 3451

Features

  • Historic Cemetery
  • Fascinating Chinese burial section
  • Interactive art installation
  • Many attractive headstones and monuments
  • Large bushland setting
The Vaughan Cemetery was established in 1860 with the burial of Margaret Jane Stanley, aged 2 years and seven months. This fascinating cemetery lies in a large patch of bushland, with the different burial sections scattered out over a large area. 

There are many attractive monuments and headstones in the Vaughan Cemetery, including a large stone monument acknowledging those who rest here in unmarked graves.

An interactive art installation titled 'Portal', created by local artist Jessie Stanley, features a lone door atop a small set of stairs. Once opened, a large mirror is revealed. This artwork was gifted to the Vaughan Cemetery Trust, along with another art installation titled 'Water'. A plaque alongside the art piece reads:

Portal
Jessie Stanley, 2015

Mild steel and checker plate, enamel, polished stainless steel.

Water
Jessie Stanley, 2015

Mild steel, enamel, acrylic, synthetic opal

Gifted to Vaughan Cemetery Trust by the artist in memory of her pioneering ancestors who contributed to shaping the township of Vaughan, and of those who walked these hills and drank from its springs.

The artist respectfully acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung people as traditional owners of the lands encompassing Vaughan, and their heritage in Victoria stretching back at least 1000 generations.

Installed at Vaughan Cemetery with thanks to Mount Alexander Shire Council

An impressive Chinese burial section lies at the back of the Vaughan Cemetery, with several rows of small headstones. Take care when walking up to the back of the cemetery, as there is a gully with unstable edges. Take note of all warning signs and do not approach the gully's edge.

Also of interest is the separate historic Vaughan Chinese Cemetery, which is located nearby at the entrance to the beautiful Vaughan Springs



DID YOU KNOW...

  • Many cemeteries in the goldfields were established in the early-mid 19th century. Walking through the historic cemeteries of the area is like taking a walk through time.
 

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