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.
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
TO FOLLOW ME
Source: National Library of Australia