Gerringong Cemetery history to be brought to life

Gerringong and District Historical Society members Sandra Hamblen, Margaret Sharpe and Helen McDermott at the Gerringong Cemetery, which is to be the location of a walk and talk.It has long been said the Gerringong Cemetery has views to die for.

But on October 12, some of the cemetery’s residents will come to life with the help of The Gerringong and District Historical Society at a special event to mark the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.

Starting at 1pm, the society will conduct a “historic walk and talk”, where 10 speakers located at different sites around the cemetery will give a 10-minute history of the person and their involvement in the community.

Evan Campbell was the first internment in 1864 and the cemetery is home to a number of interesting grave sites, according to the society’s publicity officer, Margaret Sharpe.

There is the story of the two Catholic priests who were drowned in Kiama but were buried in Gerringong, and then there is the Irish rogue who just managed to escape the hangman in the United Kingdom and was instead transported to Australia and lived peacefully in the Gerringong area, raising a family.

Mrs Sharpe said in more recent times the cemetery welcomed rock singer Marc Hunter, the Dragon frontman who wanted to be buried looking out to his homeland New Zealand.

The cemetery is full of family names synonymous with Gerringong such as the Millers, Sharpes, Campbells, Quinns and Weirs, and representatives from these families will be present on the day.

“We suggest good walking shoes, and bringing a hat and a bottle of water,” Mrs Sharpe said.

“The cemetery is quite steep, but with a spectacular view over Gerringong Boat Harbour and the ocean.”

The whale watching platform is close by.

The October 12 walk will start at the cemetery at 1pm, costs $5 per adult, and bookings are essential on 4234 1127.

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