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Castlemaine General Cemetery

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Cemetery Road, Campbells Creek VIC 3451

Features

  • Historic cemetery
  • Chinese heritage
  • Beautiful views
  • War memorial
  • Artistic wall of headstones
The Castlemaine General Cemetery is an extensive and beautifully maintained cemetery, containing burials dating back to 1853 and still in use today. Located in Campbells Creek, the cemetery's attractive hillside setting offers scenic views and provides a peaceful atmosphere.

A section of the road climbing through the cemetery is bordered on one side by an artistic row of old headstones, turning these damaged historical monuments into a unique and interesting feature.

The cemetery's Chinese section contains extensive burials with many gravestones remaining in excellent condition. A restored Funerary Tower stands alongside the Chinese burial ground along with an information sign, which displays the following text:

Chinese Burial Ground

Over 800 Chinese were buried in this section, with others buried in various sections of the cemetery. As was the custom, some were exhumed and returned to their ancestors home, often many years after their initial interment. The ceremony oven, used to burn prayers papers & incense, was used during the burial ceremony & at festival times. The oven was restored by the Lions Club of Castlemaine in 1996.



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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