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Whroo Cemetery

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Cemetery Track, Whroo VIC 3612

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Features

  • Historic cemetery
  • Chinese memorial
  • Information signs
  • Picnic table
  • Walking track
Established in 1860, the Whroo Cemetery contains approximately 400 recorded burials (although many are unmarked). Situated in a peaceful bushland setting within the Whroo Historic Area, the cemetery is accompanied by picnic tables, information signs, and a monument dedicated to the many Chinese miners, storekeepers and market gardeners who lived and worked here. 

Walking Maps provides a map and information for a 6km walk around the Whroo Historic Area, which begins and ends here at the Whroo Cemetery. 

Free camping is available at the nearby Greens Campground

Information boards at the picnic/parking area display the following text: 

Whroo Cemetery

There are approximately 400 graves recorded at the Cemetery but not all graves are marked. Tombstones tell of the people's mining accidents, illness, infant mortality and the harsh living conditions. 

Just inside the gate, to the right was the Chinese section. The 1863 Census indicates that out of the 702 residents at Whroo, about fifteen percent were Chinese. Some like Ah Chow, Ah Wee and Lo Dong were storekeepers while others were market gardeners or miners. 

Chinese market gardens existed at Moora, Rushworth, and Long Gully, Whroo. They battled on unfavourable soil, native animals, a water shortage and a harsh climate for their market gardens to survive. 

The Chinese left their mark in the area with graves in the Whroo cemetery, the Gheong Dam and house site found down Cheong Road as well as round mine shafts at the Phoenix Reef, Chinamans Hill and Cockatoo mines. 

Amongst the people's surnames at Whroo, the countries represented during the gold rush era were England (Lewis), France (Bartholomi), Spain (Manuel), New Zealand (Murray, Cluney, Rush and Bregan), Ireland (Ryan, Sullivan, Scurry and O'Brian), Scotland, China (Cheong), Prussia (Schleswig), Austria (Holstein), Denmark, just to name a few. Many of these nationalities can be found within this cemetery. 

Population

Between the gold rushes of 1853 and 1860, Whroo had experienced a fluctuating population of around 10,000 people.

A major growth in the population occurred in the first few months of gold being discovered at Whroo. Harsh conditions, lack of water and severe climatic conditions made it impossible for many of the original miners to stay. Each time a new gold strike was made a Whroo, a swarm of miners would return. 

Many men living at Whroo met their death as a result of mining shafts caving in. Consumption, known as Miners Disease, which was a lunch disease causing loss of breath developed primarily from the dust produced by rock drills.

Contracting a fatal dose of typhoid, dysentery, or diphtheria from drinking the dam water, was often commonplace, particularly amongst the children. 








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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