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Lonely Grave of Thomas Whyte

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Bernarra Street, Wedderburn VIC 3518

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  • 1855 grave of Thomas Whyte
The lonely grave of Thomas Whyte lies in the bush alongside Bernarra Street in Wedderburn. Whyte was a miner during the 1850s gold rush and his tent was located close to the grave site.

The fenced 1855 grave contains the broken remains of Whyte's headstone which has been replaced with a modern monument. 

An information sign stands alongside the grave and displays the following text:

Thomas Whyte - Miner

Thomas arrived in Melbourne during September 1850 and become a shopkeeper at 6 Collins Street presumably selling gift-ware including clocks, jewellery and smokers' pipes which is brother shipped out to him. 

From letters he wrote to his wife, 2 children, his sisters and brother in Edinburgh the business was suffering because of the exodus of people going to the gold rushes at Bathurst, Ballarat and Bendigo. 

It was not known when Thomas reached Wedderburn but it is known that his grave was dug very close to his tent. 

William Cosh signed an Affidavit in the presence of Hal Webster JP which stated that he noticed Mr. Whyte was ailing and passed away on July 21, 1855, he was buried the next day with the help of Richard Donaldson and William Martin.

The Affidavit also contained the observation that Mr. Whyte was 5 ft 7 inches tall, had a ruddy complexion and a prominent nose. 

More to explore nearby

Lone graves are a fascinating feature of the Victorian Goldfields, and along with the region's historical cemeteries they provide an interesting glimpse into the past. 

Some lone graves exist because the burial predated the establishment of a local cemetery, others are left behind after cemetery relocation, others simply lie outside the boundary of nearby cemeteries. 

Find out more about some of the Victorian Goldfields' intriguing lone graves.


  • 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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