Geelong Eastern Cemetery Commemorates 175 Years
The Geelong Cemeteries Trust commemorated 175 Years of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery on Tuesday 23 September 2014, with the Minister for Health and Ageing, The Hon. David Davis MP, officially unveiling a commemorative plaque.
The Geelong Eastern Cemetery is the final resting place of almost 50,000 people, with enough room for another 10,000 interments or around 25 years.
The Trust created a sub-committee for the 175 Year Anniversary that produced and coordinated the following events:
- Design and creation of a 175 year logo and Lapel Pin that represents this important milestone.
- A self-guided tour brochure showing the locations of 12 graves of notable people, including Thomas and Elizabeth Austin of Barwon Park, the Chirnside family of Werribee Park, the Armitage family, Charles Sladen, James Harrison, Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb, Foster Fyans and Andrew Love.
- School and community tours of the cemetery, including historical graves, current burial and cremation practices as well as discussing social and cultural diversity.
- An interclub photographic competition through the Bellarine, Corio Bay and Geelong Camera Clubs.
- Restoration Projects: Hugh Niven (View Project PDF)
The Photographic Competition results were displayed at a public exhibition at the Gordon Gallery, Gordon TAFE, from Wednesday 24 September 2014 to Friday 3 October 2014.
Trust Member and Historian, Dr. Peter Mansfield also published a written book "Here, where all troubles cease" which details the history of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery and also includes some history of the Geelong Cemeteries Trust.