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Newstead General Cemetery

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Cemetery Road, Green Gully VIC 3462

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Features

  • History cemetery
  • Beautiful setting
The Newstead General Cemetery, established in 1859, sits between Newstead and Green Gully in a beautiful setting. Decorated with exotic ornamental trees and surrounding by rolling fields, this is a very interesting cemetery to wander through. 

Bench seating, rubbish bins and a toilet block are available for visitor convenience. 

Something you may notice as you stroll among the headstones is the large number of children who have buried here during the mid 19th century. Many headstones have long lists of young children and babies from a family who have been buried together, their parents joining them years later. Life was difficult on the goldfields, and it was often the most vulnerable who succumbed to the harsh living conditions. The Pennyweight Flat Children's Cemetery in Moonlight Flat is a heartbreaking reminder of this, where there are around 200 shallow graves of mostly babies and children.

One of the ornamental trees at the Newstead Cemetery stands out dramatically - an enormous Cypress more than 100 years old which towers over the cemetery. 

In classical antiquity, the cypress was a symbol of mourning and in the modern era it remains the principal cemetery tree in both the Muslim world and Europe. (source)

The Victorian Heritage Database provides the following description of this remarkable tree, which was measured in 1995:

Standing as a dramatic monolith in the flat landscape of this small rural cemetery, this tree is notable for its upright and compact crown. It is an outstanding example of a species commonly planted in Victorian cemeteries. 

Other species in the cemetery include Washingtonia robusta, Washingtonia filifera, Nerium oleander and Cotoneaster spp. 
  • Measurements: 07/04/1995 
  • Spread (m): 7.2 
  • Girth (m):2.58 at 1m 
  • Height (m): 20.75 
  • Estimated Age (yrs): 80 
  • Condition: Good
Signs on the shed at the cemetery entrance display the following text:

Newstead General Cemetery
Established 1859
Secretary - Jill Bant - 54762447
Assist. Secretary - Moira Petersen

Please keep all dogs on leashes & we ask you to clean up after them.
Thank you.

The trust understands that those who are bereaved may wish to place special items on the graves of loved ones.

Unfortunately some actions are causing concerns from an occupational health and safety perspective which may affect both the public and volunteers. Glass and like containers are hazardous to the public and volunteers. 

Rule 19 states: "Any dressing of the grave must be approved by the trust".

- Newstead Cemetery Trust.


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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