Come and meet the relatives

Margaret Sharpe at James Mackey Gray grave

Gerringong’s family history will come to life at Gerringong and District Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Walk, when descendants of pioneers share their family histories.

Gerringong General Cemetery was the first public cemetery in the Municipality of Jamberoo, Kiama and Gerringong, with Evan Campbell the first to be buried there, in 1864. Situated on the headland at the end of Belinda St, it is one of the most picturesque resting places in the world.

Those who attend the Cemetery Walk will be placed into groups, which will visit in turn the various graves being highlighted. At the designated points, speakers will have photos and memorabilia to help bring their ancestors to life.

This year Ken Mitchell will be talking about the Mitchell family; Margaret McIntosh will tell stories of the Bourke family; Phil Bailey will introduce you to the Bailey family; while Malcolm Chittick will be explaining the exploits of his family.

Margaret Sharpe will be at the grave of James Mackey Gray, one of the very earliest settlers; Alan Miller will talk about the Grahams, his mother’s family; and there will also be visits to the Noble and Wilson family graves, and those of the Williamsons and Cookes.

The cemetery is on steeply sloping ground, so best to wear walking shoes, and to bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Last year the day ended with display from passing whales, but there’s no guarantees of a repeat.

Details: Sunday 18 October, 1.30-3.30 pm.
Bookings are essential. Please ring Margaret Sharpe on 4234 1127.
$5 per head, to be paid on the day.


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