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Avoca Road, Talbot VIC 3371

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  • Educational
  • War memorial gazebo
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Seating
  • Rubbish bins
  • Toilets
The Amherst cemetery was established in 1859 and continues to be used today. The front of the cemetery is bordered by a picket fence and ornate gates, while the interior of the cemetery has been decorated with garden beds and ornamental plantings.

The grounds are extremely well maintained and include beautiful gardens and ample seating. A large gazebo stands in the middle of the cemetery. 

There are rubbish bins placed around the cemetery and a toilet block to the left of the entrance. There is also a quaint old out house that is no longer in use.

Amherst / Daisy Hill

The Amherst Cemetery is about all that remains of the gold rush town of Amherst, which started as a mining settlement known as Daisy Hill. Daisy Hill was also the scene of an early gold discovery by shepherd Thomas Chapman, several years before the onset of the Victorian gold rush.

Most of the remnants of this declining town were destroyed by fire in the 1980s. 

Other places to check out

While visiting the Amherst Cemetery, be sure to also check out the nearby Tunnel Hill and Quartz Mountain! Both are well worth a look. 


  • 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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Warren Rodwell
In 2017, Amherst Cemetery secretary, Mr Alan Knight, was most helpful as I arranged with a local monumental mason for a replacement headstone in the Anglican Section / Row 26 for my great great great grandfather David Rodwell (1819 - 1888), his wife Rosina and their sons.

DAVID RODWELL B:1819 son of shoemaker Thomas Rodwell,
arrived Hobart Tasmania Australia Aug 1838 per convict ship
Lord William Bentinck (2).

*Dark complexion
*Oval visage *Medium nose
*Round head *High forehead
*Tatto on right arm of woman
*Height (no shoes) 5' 3.5" 161.3 cms
*Brown hair & eyebrows *Green eyes
*Scars on ball of left thumb & on right cheek

1838 David Rodwell arrived Australia (D:1888)
1845 Free Certificate Gained; Hobart TAS No.150
1846 M: Rosina Hammond (B:1824 Chelmsford Essex D:1853)

Rosina and David Rodwell (B:1819) Children:
1848 (B Hobart Tasmania) DAVID CORNELIUS RODWELL (D 1913 Victoria)
1850 (B Hobart Tasmania) George Edward Rodwell (D 1866 Victoria)
1852 (B Melbourne Vic) Walter Thomas Rodwell (D 1875 Victoria)
Goldfields Guide
Very interesting Warren, thanks!
Warren R Rodwell
This information is provided as an act of genealogical kindness towards all descendants of David Rodwell and his son David Cornelius Rodwell ... DAVID RODWELL (1819 - 1888) and Rosina Hammond had three sons: David Cornelius Rodwell, George Edward Rodwell and Walter Thomas Rodwell. Only DAVID CORNELIUS RODWELL, late of Percydale and Avoca Victoria Australia, fathered any children. The children and grandchildren of DAVID CORNELIUS RODWELL (B 1848 Clarence Plains Tasmania Australia) and Mary Anne (nee CURNICK B 1853 England), both late of Percydale and Victoria Australia, are as follows 1) David James Rodwell (B: 1871) and Mary Rayner [Son Herbert Rodwell] 2) George Rodwell (B: 1873) and Elizabeth Wyhoon [Children Stanley Rodwell, Kathleen, Percy Rodwell, Harold Rodwell, William Rodwell, Frederick Rodwell] 3) Ernest Rodwell (B: 1875) and Elizabeth Allan [Children Elizabeth Rodwell, Edward Rodwell, Jack Rodwell, Nellie Rodwell, Dorothy Rodwell] 4) Edward Rodwell (B: 1878) and Emma Allan [Children Ernest Rodwell, Victor Rodwell, Kenneth Rodwell] 5) Rosina Rodwell (B: 1880) and Charles Wyles [Children Charles and Ivan Wyles] 6) SAMUEL RICHARD RODWELL (B: 1883) and Elizabeth Meredith [Children Dorothy Rodwell, Stephen David Cornelius Rodwell (1908), Violet Rodwell] 7) Charles Walter Rodwell (B: 1885) [Son Percy Rodwell] 8) Lilian Marion Rodwell (B: 1887) and Hugh Cheyne [Children Leslie Cheyne and Bruce Cheyne] 9) William Frederick Rodwell (B: 1890) (Died 11 Dec 1915 Frankton New Zealand) 10) Henry Owen Rodwell (B: 1892) and Mabel Pitcher [Children Henry Rodwell, Roy Rodwell, William Rodwell, Lilian Rodwell, Albert Rodwell] 11) Violet Elizabeth Rodwell (B: 1895) and Victor Lee / Ellis [Children: Frank, Isobel, Jim, Clarice, Rose, Ray, Victor, Alf, Len (Surnames: Lee and Ellis) 12) Elizabeth Daisy Rodwell (B: 1898) and Tom Anderson [Children Alice, David Anderson, Jean, Joyce, Thomas Anderson, Dorothy, Esme, Alma] NOTE Information researched and presented by Warren R Rodwell, a grandson of Stephen David Cornelius Rodwell, whose father was SAMUEL RICHARD RODWELL (1883 - 1937).
Dianne Bridges
Thank you Warren,my mum is Joyce Bridges(Anderson)& sadly she passed away 4th Nov last year,then her sister Jean passed away on the 22nd Dec last year.We only have Aunty Alma now,so our family is smaller.our Dad is 94 & in Aged care,love my family history,
Alan Grossman
Thanks for sharing and I am rather surprised to see relatives with incorrect spelling on headstones . Thanks
Stephen Peterson
This very attractive and well-maintained cemetery is the final resting place of my Jewish maternal great great grandfather, William Goodman. The headstone of his grave also notes his wife Catherine. Although a lot is known about William following his arrival in Port Phillip in 1852, likely from Liverpool, where he lived for a couple of years after leaving his home in Breslau, Prussia, nothing is known about the 18 or so years of his life prior to his arrival in England, probably in 1849. Nevertheless, as publican of the (still-standing) Phoenix Hotel in nearby Talbot, William would no doubt have been a local identity, who with Catherine created a large family (8 out of 9 children survived), leaving many descendants, including myself, scattered around Victoria and beyond. It is very pleasing that he and Catherine were laid to rest in this lovely cemetery, near the place they called home for over forty years.