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Saturday’s Newspaper Snippet: Wagra Cemetery

Ever since my visit to Wagragobilly Cemetery (see here) I have been wanting to find out more about the cemetery and the people buried there and today’s snippet helps me to do just that. In 1900 the government of the day decided to resume 65 acres that it had allocated to Aboriginal people near Brungle.  It also decided that the cemetery that Aboriginal people had established for themselves would not be permitted to have any future interments there and that determined that they should be buried in the unsectarian portion of Wagra Cemetery (Wagragobilly cemetery is refererred to as Wagra Cemetery with great frequency in this era) five miles away instead.  This must of devasted the local Aboriginal community!  Not being able to be buried in a cemetery you had established as a community and had family members in is heartbreaking and very unfair.  Wagragobilly cemetery today does not even have clearly defined portion markers, so I don’t know at present where these burials took place but at least I know they are there now!  I plan on doing a series of posts on this cemetery and the people buried in it in the future, as it has captured my interest and I want to know more. The Wagragobilly Cemetery can be found on the map of the Parish of Wagara below.  

Source:
ABORIGINES BOARD. (1900, March 19). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117031064
Transcript:
The Under-Secretary for Lands write stating that the Minister had approved of an additional area of 65 acres for the aboriginals at Brungle being resumed, and that in future no interment should be permitted in the cemetery which the aboriginals have established east of section 24, the unsectarian portion of Wagra Cemetery, five miles distant, being available for such interments. It was decided to inform the local board to that effect.

Source: New South Wales. Department of Lands (1965). Parish of Wagara, County of Buccleuch : Lands Districts of Gundagai & Tumut, Gundagai Shire (8th Ed). Dept. of Lands, Sydney.  Retrieved from https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/20890452


Source: New South Wales, Department of Lands (1965). Parish of Brungle, County of Buccleuch : Land Districts of Gundagai & Tumut, Tumut Shire (7th Ed.). Dept. of Lands, Sydney.  Retrieved from 

Wagragobilly Cemetery

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