In March of this year I had a few hours to myself and pointed the car north. Glenthorne, near Taree, was my destination, in particular a small cemetery in farming land off Glenthorne Rd. I have a distant relative or two residing here.
Called Gilwarra Cemetery (and Glenthorne General cemetery), I thought I’d post these photos for any who have an interest in this area and the cemetery. Time has slipped by but perhaps, better late than never.
When looking for some information on this cemetery, the grounds were shown to be in a better state of care but that was a year or so previously. On this day, despite recent burials, the general area was overgrown and looking pretty neglected. Things may have changed since my visit.
According to the Greater Taree City Council this cemetery is classed as historic and private. I’m not sure who has the task of maintaining the grounds, volunteers probably do the work when they have a chance. As for restoring the old graves and headstones, that would involve significant costs I suppose.
The photos tell the story. I have other images of headstones but other sites appear to have that covered. Just click on any picture for quick presentation of enlarged images. One of the images shows burial dates as 1870.
I added a couple of images from further down Glenthorne Rd, A glimpse of the old Glenthorne Public School, now privately owned. The school had one room according to my Mum, that catered from kindy to 6th class, better known now as Year 6. Another glimpse of what was the Post Office and Residence for the local postmaster. Next door, a church once stood, marked by a monument.
Words for today; Gilwarra Cemetery – passing time
More to come; same blog time, same blog channel