Cemetery 420 - Kiandra

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Kiandra

Snowy Mountains Highway,

Kiandra

NSW

2630

-35.884754

148.501251

Kianda Cemetery is located on the side of a hill in a remote area that was once the site of the old goldmining town of Kiandra. The town was evacuated and practically all of the buildings demolished in 1974 when the area was acquired by the National Parks & Wildlife Commission and included in Kosciosko National Park. At a height of 1400 metres, this would have to be one of the highest cemeteries in Australia.

Information provided on the site says:

"This cemetery, dating back to the 1860's is recorded on old survey plans and in various historical records. It was divided into two sections, European and Chinese. The remains of the Chinese were customarily exhumed and transported back to China. The number of people buried here remains unknown. Ravages of time and interference by vandals have left only remnants of the cemetery."

Some of the headstones are accompanied by a plaque with a transcription of the inscription. Denis Woolaston visited the site and made digital images of all remaining headstones in January 2009. His images may be viewed and download from the list of inscriptions for this cemetery. That list was compiled with reference to the NSW indices of births, deaths and marriages for additional information.

Kiandra Cemetery is located on the western side of the Snowy Mountains Highway, approximately 82km north of Cooma.

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