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Eden Historic Cemetery

 

CLICK ON HEADSTONES BELOW FOR LARGER IMAGE & TRANSCRIPT

Whelan: Ann Jane, Dorothea, Roger

Ann Jane, Dorothea & Roger Whelan

Jemima Love

Jemima Love

died 1865

Stephen C. Woods

Stephen C. Woods

died 1879


Morley FlorenceFanny Morly F. Teas

died 1866

Mitilda Basington Mitilda Brasington

died 1876

Rose Thomson

 Rose Thomson died 1880 & Thomas Thomson died 1902

Schultz unknown & AdelaidAdelaide, John & unkown Schultz 

Mary Ann & Joseph Walpole Silk

 Mary Ann Silk & Joseph Walpole Silk

Martha Robinson

 Martha Robinson

died 1874

Thomas O Brian

 Thomas O'Brien

died 1868

Mary Falkner

 Mary Falkner

died 1859

Kerby - Charles Martha & 5 children

Charles Kebby died 1861 & Martha Kebby died 1893

John McKay died 1894 & Rachel McKay died 1904

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander

died 1888

Elizabeth Jane Lind 1866 20months

Elizabeth Jane Leslie

died 1866

Martha Lewis

 Martha Lewis

died 1875

Adeline Spears 1890

Adeline Spears

died 1890

Spears

Charles, Margaret & Elizabeth Spears

John White died 1852John White

died 1852

Mary theresea Alexander

Mary Theresa Alexander died 1979

John robinson

John Robinson

died 1860

Christopher Coffey died 1871

Christopher Coffey

died 1871

Alice Kelly & children Andrew & Levena

Alice Kelly & children

Henry & Ellen Watson

Henry Watson died 1884 & Ellen Watson died 1924

Keon family

Christopher O Hay died 1878

 Christopher O Hays died 1878

Cpt. John Skelton

Cpt. John Skelton

died 1902

 

Sarah & James Rixon

Hopkins famiy grave

Hopkins family

 

unknown

Unknown

Why not take a look at the beautiful Historic Cemetery situated overlooking Aslings Beach. The land has been used as a cemetery since the very early days when sailors would bring their dead to shore for burial. The oldest known burial was in 1834. The original cemetery location started just behind the sand hills where Aslings Beach Road now exists.

 

The Cemetery is the last resting place for many from our community and as you walk through you will find lots of familiar names from the early days of Eden and the surrounding district although the Cemetery was not officially dedicated until 16th June, 1863.

 

In March 1871 the trustees of the cemetery were listed in the 'Government Gazette'

"TRUSTEES OF CEMETERY, EDEN - The undermentioned gentlemen have been appointed trustees of the portions of the general cemetery at Eden dedicated to the religious denominations in connection there with, vis. ; - Church of England Messrs Edward Manby, Christopher Duncan Hays, Thomas Compton Chandler, Anthony Falkner, and John Lister Knigh. Roman Catholic Archbishop Folding, the Rev Patrick Slattery, and Mr George Plunkott Keon. Presbyterians: Messrs. Bourn Russell, Adam Lind Leslie, and Charles Kebby. Wesleyans: The Rev Stephen Rabone, the Rev George Hurst, and the Rev Benjamin Chapman. Independents: Messrs Josiah Mullens, James Reading Fairfax, and Philip Sidney Jones. Jews: Messrs. Moses Moss, David L. Levey, and John Isaacs , General Burial Ground; Messrs Anthony Faulkner, George Moorley, and Adam Leslie.

Sydney Morning Herald 18 Mar 1871

 

In later years the Eden Historic Cemetery Committee was formed and was responsible for the maintenance and beautification of the cemetery. The Lioness Club fundraising saw the first Niche Wall completed in November 1993. Pavers were laid and landscaping finished March 1994. Thanks to committee and community fundraising efforts a picket fence and a second niche wall were erected. The Eden Historic Cemetery Committee were awarded a Certificate for their efforts by the Bega Valley Council.

 

The Eden Cemetery was maintained and cared for by the Eden Historic Cemetery Committee, until the Bega Valley Shire Council took control in recent years.   

 

Full transcriptions of Eden headstones (and photographs) can be obtained through the Bega Valley Genealogy Society. The society's publication covering grave transcriptions of local cemeteries can also be viewed at the local library.

 

Headstone inscriptions and photos for Towamba Cemetery and Rocky Hall Cemetery are available on the Towamba Valley Website.

 

A visitor to Eden in 1926 wrote the following article about Eden's Seaside God's Acre which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 11th September 1926.

 

A sea side god's acre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN

ALEXANDER

BORN MORUYA

OCTOBER 8th 1873

DIED AT EDEN

APRIL 20th 1899

MY LIFE IS GONE

IT WAS BUT LENT

AND AS I AM

SO MUST YOU BE

THEREFORE PREPARE

TO FOLLOW ME

 

 

 Source: National Library of Australia

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16323073

Isabella & George Barclay

The graves of Isabella Barclay and her husband George Barclay.

George Barclay was involved in the whaling industry and what is now the Great Southern Hotel, built in 1857 as Barclay and Tea's General Store which incorporated Eden' first Post Office when George Barclay was appointed Post Master.

Generations of the Davidson family, well known in the district for their long involvement with shore based whaling and their relationship with the 'Killers of Eden' lie at rest in the Eden Cemetery.

Alexander Walker & Jean Davidson

Above: The Headstone of the patriarch of the Davidson whaling clan, Alexander Walker Davidson (1806- 1897) and wife Jean (1806-1892).  Their grave lies near the main entrance to the Eden Cemetery.

George & Sarah Davidson

Above: The headstone of Alexander and Jean's grandson 'Fearless' George Davidson (1863 -1952) and his wife Sarah Ellen 'Nellie' (1869-1949).

 


Below: The grave of George and Nellie's eldest son John and his two young children.  The three were tragically drowned while crossing the bar at Kiah Inlet in 1926.  Also commemorated is George's second son Roy killed in WW1.

Ellen Gilmore (nee Davidson)

above: Plaque of   Ellen  Gilmore (nee Davidson, John's only surviving child, buried with her family.

grave of John Davidson and his children

Information about the Davidson's  can be found on our

Whaling page and the Davidson Whaling Station.

Capt Grigg Eden Cemetery

ERECTED

IN MEMORY OF

CAPTAIN WILLIAM J. GREGG

OUT OF PORT JACKSON

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT SEA

IN LATITUDE 55.55.0 LONGITUDE 153.14.0

AUGUST 25TH 1851

AGED 28 YEARS

ALSO HIS BELOVED WIFE

MARGARET HELEN DAVIDSON

WHO DIED AT KIAH 12TH JUNE 1852

AGED 22 YEARS

AND THEIR INFANT DAUGHTER

ELSY JANE

AGED 3 MONTHS AND 20 DAYS

MARY A. GRISSWOOD

DIED 8.3.1867 AGED 47 YEARS

Worked at the Wool Store now

the Great Southern Inn

Daughter of William B & Sophia

Inscrition of plaque
on cross at foot of grave

MARIA ELIZABETH ECLANTYNE
SECOND DAUGHTER
OF

JAMES Mc ARTHUR
OF CALDSTOCK VDL
BORN 16TH JUNE 1853
AND DIED AT SEA
ON HER PASSAGE FROM
LAUNCESTON VDL
13TH JAN 1854 AGED 6 MONTHS
AND 27 DAYS

For such is the kingdom of God

Alexander Binnie

ALEXANDER BINNIE ESQ. & HIS BELOVED WIFE JANE

William Alexander died 1980

  James C. J. davidson died 1985

 

 

 

 

WILLIAM ALEXANDER

DIED 27-6-1980

AGED 93 YEARS 6 MONTH

LAST OF THE EDEN WHALERS

AT REST

 

Last of the Eden Whalers?

Perhaps not, buried nearby is


JAMES C. G. DAVIDSON

A DEAR HUSBAND & FATHER

PASSED AWAY 21st NOV 1985

AGED 87 YEARS

THE LAST OF THE WHALERS

R.I.P.

Nich Wall Eden Cemetery

The first Niche Wall was funded by the Lioness Club and built by community volunteers.  It was officially opened by Alan Whiter in April 1994.  A second wall was erected in 2003.

Lawn & rose garden burials Eden

Lawn & Rose Garden burials at Eden Cemetery

Asling's Beach Road

Unfortunately much of the old cemetery now lie under Aslings Beach Road