Wiangaree's mystery gravesites
BARBARA REYNOLDS, of Casino, is looking for clues to solve the mystery surrounding a forgotten cemetery at Wiangaree, north of Kyogle.
Mrs Reynolds, a member of the Casino and District Family History Group, is trying to discover the final resting place of her husband’s ancestors who were early settlers in Wiangaree.
“The council (Kyogle) said there was crown land set aside in Wiangaree for a cemetery, but no-one was recorded as being buried there,” Mrs Reynolds said.
However, local knowledge says there are in fact three unmarked graves in the cemetery, just off the Summerland Way.
Could this be the final resting place of her husband’s forebears?
“I don’t know,” Mrs Reynolds said.
“Nobody knows who is buried there.”
Her husband’s family, the McKenzies, settled in Wiangaree in 1906, and while she has been able to find death certificates for most of the family, the final resting place of some family members remains unknown.
Mrs Reynolds knows the importance of knowing your roots.
She has been able to trace her own family line right back to 1828 when her great-great-great-grandfather arrived in Australia from England on the convict ship the Phoenix.
“He was transported for highway robbery,” Mrs Reynolds said.
Mrs Reynolds said she knew of other graves in the region which had not been officially recorded.
There was a headstone near the river at Rukenvale for early settler George Sparkes, but no official record for the grave.
Another man drowned at Roseberry Creek and is buried somewhere on a private property at Wiangaree, Mrs Reynolds said.
“It’s time to do something about it before it’s too late,” she said.
“Before everyone forgets.”
Mrs Reynolds said there were probably many people buried in private cemeteries and lone grave sites all over the region.
The Casino and District Family History Group would like to hear from anyone with information about unmarked graves and cemeteries.
Call them on 6662 8114.