2406 Samaria Road
Moorngag VIC 3673
The Moorngag Cemetery is situated 24 kms from Benalla on the Samaria Road, with a beautiful outlook over the surrounding countryside, with a view of Mt. Samaria in the background. It is well maintained at all times, and has been operated by volunteers since its inception. In recent years a Rotunda, Columbarium, and a new toilet block have been erected.
The Cemetery reflects the history of the area, with many of the graves belonging to pioneer families of the surrounding districts.
As advertised in the Benalla Standard, dated 9th November 1883, the first public meeting was held at Mr C.J. Wallace's selection to make an application to the district surveyor, Mr. T. Nixon for the reservation of 10 acres of land for cemetery purposes.
On the 6th May 1884 in the Government Gazette five acres of land had been reserved for a cemetery in the parish of Moorngag, being a part of allotment 48.
In 1884 the first trustees were appointed, Messrs Robert Wallace, George Dodd, John McDonald, George Exton, and Thomas Powell.
The first burial was of Mr William Henry Coley, in the Church of England Section, Plot number 26, his death occurred on the 7th September 1887. Prior to the postal department establishing a mail run, the inhabitants of Toombullup employed Mr. Coley to carry the mail twice a week.
Wendy Maxwell is the Manager of the Moorngag Cemetery Website, Wendy can be contacted via the contact form here. Please ensure to choose the correct cemetery from the dropdown options.
Helen Mitchell is the Secretary of the Moorngag Cemetery Trust and may be reached via mobile 0499 524 455 or by way of the contact form here. Please ensure to choose the correct cemetery from the dropdown options.
Winton VIC 3673
The Winton Cemetery is situated in Wattle Creek Road, Winton. It is a rich source of information providing an historical record of its pioneers, community and local identities.
The Winton Cemetery was established in 1878, eight acres of Crown Land being set aside for the purpose. However, the Cemetery was in use long before it was gazetted. The first recorded burial was that of Patrick Costello, aged 38 years, who died in December, 1862 and there are other known deaths and burials which occurred prior to 1878.
There are at least twenty known deaths/burials which occurred prior to 1878. Not all are recorded and it is possible some of these are buried at Winton, some at Winton North (now in the Winton Wetlands) and some on private property.
Many of the graves at Winton belong to family members of the district pioneers including the Ashmead, Brennan, Brooker, Costello, Freitag, Green, Hernan, Joyce, Lee, Lynch, Nelson, Stafford, Warnock and Weston families.
There are also headstones recognising the deaths in WW1 of Private Allan Lindsay, killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915, Privates William Henry Gould, brothers James Robert and Clemence Henry Gamble, and Owen McManus who were killed in France in 1917.
In recent times there has been a transformation at the cemetery. There are new gates and pathways, old trees removed and new trees and shrubs planted. This work has culminated in the erection of a rotunda to provide a place of contemplation, a space for services and shelter from inclement weather.
For further details please contact: The Secretary, Mrs. Wendy Webster 0427 664271