Dubbo Pioneer Cemetery
Address: off Angle Road, Dubbo 2830 NSW
Little now remains of monuments in the old Dubbo Cemetery in which hundreds of the district's pioneers were buried. The greatest proportion of headstone loss is attributed to mindless vandalism.
Mark Bloomfield writes:
"I was born in Dubbo, and lived there until my marriage in 1964. My mates and I used to "explore" the Dubbo district by bicycle, and I remember visiting that cemetery many times. A local newspaper, in the early 1950's, "Photo News", run by Mr Colin Kirkness, featured a two page spread of 'photos of the headstones in that cemetery. I think this feature was spread over two weeks.
"Not long after these photos appeared, the cemetery was vandalised. Photos of the desecrated graves, also appeared in the Photo News. Then two massive floods, in February 1955 and March 1956, completed the destruction of many graves."
If anyone should have a copy or access to a copy of these Photo News features, published in 1953 or 1954, please contact Reg McDonell.
Ruth King visited and photographed the remaining inscriptions in 2006. Her images may be viewed and downloaded from the list of all inscriptions for this cemetery. In compiling the list, reference was made to the NSW indexes of births, deaths and marriages for further information.
How to find it
Situated near Butlers Falls on the Macquarie River, the Dubbo Pioneer Cemetery is accessed from Angle Road, which runs off the Old Dubbo Road, approximately 5km south from town.
For further information, contact Dubbo City Council, PO Box 81, Dubbo NSW 2830; phone 02 6801 4259; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of inscriptions for this cemetery is 20
The listing was last updated on 2008-08-19
The listing was complete as at 2006-01-01
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