Cradock SA

Thursday, Jul 04, 2019 at 22:44

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Located in the southern Flinders Ranges SA, the old cemetery is located a short distance from the Cradock Hotel. The Cradock Hotel is a great free camp pub with 'Bluey' the talented and industrious provider of top tucker.

.....Prior to 1880, burials at Cradock were conducted at a very undesirable site close to the town, located on leased private land right on the banks of the Wirreanda Creek and therefore liable to be undermined by flash floods. The nearest ‘local’ cemetery was nine miles away at Gordon.
At a public meeting held at Cradock in May 1880 it was proposed “ That the Government be petitioned for a reserve for a Cemetery. ”
In October 1880 a portion of Crown land north of the town in the Hundred of Wirreanda was reserved as a site for a public cemetery.The next year at another meeting, it was proposed, “ That the Government cemetery be fenced in by public subscription, as it was on the travelling stock road and subject to sand drift, the graves were very likely to be disturbed by passing stock.”
Due to a lack of burial records there are many unmarked and unidentified graves in the Cradock cemetery. Research is currently ongoing in order to try and identify all those interred here.

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