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FAFOW – Families & Friends of Waanyarra

Posted by on March 1, 2012


The Families and Friends of Waanyarra is a group of people dedicated to the preservation of the historic significance of this once rich gold mining area.

The group had it’s beginnings in 1988 when a highly successful “Back to” was held in March of that year.

Descendants of the pioneer families of the district and virtually anyone with any connection to the place gathered together for the first time since the early sixties.

In the intervening years these reunions have been held biannually with all proceeds being used to carry out various projects. Recently the group has received grant funds from

  • the Loddon Shire for the restoration of the post and rail front fence of the Historic cemetery,
  • Parks Victoria for the production and installation of gravemarkers to each of the unmarked graves therein, and
  • the Human Services department for the design, manufacture and placement of a new naming sign for the cemetery.

Other projects completed and funded by the group include

  • the complete restoration of the cemetery entrance, replicating as far as possible the original decorative gate posts, wrought iron main gate, picket side fencing and pedestrian gate.
  • the installation of an information sign, etched on stainless steel, giving some of the history of the cemetery.
  • the installation of three bronze plaques on large local rocks carrying the names of one hundred and twenty nine people buried in the historic cemetery with no gravemarker.

The team who rebuilt the cemetery front fence


3 Responses to FAFOW – Families & Friends of Waanyarra

  1. Margaret Waters

    When looking for the graves of my Great Grandparents, James and Caroline Gourley, I was delighted to see the wonderful restoration work at the Waarnyarra Cemetery. Congratulations to all concerned. Margaret Waters

  2. Mrs Beavis

    Hi there,
    Just wanted to send a post to say thanks for all the hard work,
    We are a large clan of Corrie’s. Grandchildren of William Bright Corrie. The son of Robert and Deborah. Deborah is buried with her parents the Strahans. We’d be very interested in attending any reunions.
    Thanks again
    Mrs B and family.

  3. Sarah Russell

    Thanks to all those who worked on restoration of the fence and tending the grounds.
    I visited a couple of years ago to see the grave of Thomas Hudson Leech who died in 1869 aged 14, son of pioneer to Waanyarra Thomas Leech, my ancestor.

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