V is for Victoria

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Victoria, Australia

Mr Cassmob’s family tree mainly grew in Victoria, so we have made occasional trips to visit a few places of relevance even though gravestones are few and far between.

Today we’re going to have a look at some cemeteries in the centre-north-east of the state. Being a Queenslander, I needed a map. It’s a long time since we visited these places in 2004.

Map from Google Maps showing Chiltern, Indigo Valley and Yackandandah.

Chiltern, Victoria

Mr Cassmob’s 2xgreat grandmother, Mary Fairhurst, later Bury, Hutchinson and Rowey was the proprietor of a hotel in Chiltern. John Rowey announced he had taken on a licence on the Welcome Hotel in June 1859, but by twelve months later this advertisement appeared in the newspaper. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find a notice of Rowey’s death.

“The Ovens and Murray Advertiser” Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 – 1955) 4 July 1860: 2. Web. 27 Apr 2023 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112915197&gt;.

Mary Rowey obviously changed her mind about selling as this advertisement shows. However she once again put the property up for sale in 1866. Obviously there’s more work to go into this, given how long since we’ve looked at the family.

Mr Cassmob’s great grandmother, Katherine Lea Hutchinson Cass was a daughter of Mary Rowey’s previous marriage. Katherine’s first two children were born at Chiltern. Others were born at nearby Albury, including (Brigadier) Walter Edmund Hutchinson Cass who we’ve encountered previously.

OBITUARY. (1915, June 25). Federal Standard (Chiltern, Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved April 27, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130651255
Chiltern street. Photo taken P Cass 2004

Indigo Goldfields, near Chiltern, Victoria

We had a reason for looking here but right now neither of us can remember why.

Indigo Pioneer Goldfields cemetery is lost in time.

Yackandandah, Victoria

Gravestones have been in short supply today so here are some from Yackandandah which I took on our 2004 exploration. I was intrigued by the Gavin graves though they have no known link to my Gavins.

OBITUARY (1930, February 28). The Yackandandah Times (Vic. : 1890 – 1931), p. 4. Retrieved April 27, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144927385

I took this photo a the time because of the Irish name and Michael’s and Mary’s ages. They would have been early pioneers. The findagrave person who is photographing this cemetery has also added some additional information which reveals that Michael belongs in my East Clare database, as he was born at Quin, Co Clare, Ireland and married at Cratloe. I’m grateful for this additional information. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148636719/michael-garvey

Yackandandah Cemetery

Cemetery Searching Wishlist

Today’s is more about following up these families rather than visiting new cemeteries.

10 thoughts on “V is for Victoria

  1. That’s quite a story about Mrs. Rowey’s calamities as a hotel owner. My paternal grandparents ran a hotel in upstate New York in the 1930s-40s, but different place and time — so I can’t imagine them being robbed or run off as she was. Good for her that she hung in there. That Indigo Goldfields Cemetery indeed has been reclaimed by nature.

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  2. Most years we have Christmas with family not far from Chiltern, and usually go there for a visit. It’s a beautiful historic town, but I haven’t been to the cemetery. Many from Clare settled at Axedale, close to Bendigo. I’ve found mention of Clare on many gravestones there.

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