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New website devoted to Whroo Cemetery

Journal by freesia60

Hi there, I have just published this new website
It is full of info on the cemetery.... register, headstones, history etc
Enjoy :)

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on 2013-08-30 00:00:37

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by freesia60 on 2013-08-30 00:01:49

oops... cant spell!! its
sorry :(

by janilye on 2013-08-30 04:58:50

Thanks freesia60, it's a very good project; great to see it updated.

by freesia60 on 2013-08-30 05:12:07

Thankyou janilye...believe me Im no techie so making the website has seen me at the computer for hours!!
Ive loved Whroo for nearly 25 years, and have over 500 family trees of those in the area, some with a lot of data, some with little.

by ngairedith on 2013-08-30 05:40:57

hi freesia60,
Great site
They say Whroo is now a ghost town but that about 400 residents are buried there and used to have over 130 buildings during the gold rush days
We would love to hear some stories here on Family Tree Circles about the original families back then - just in your spare time of course :)

by freesia60 on 2013-08-30 05:45:18

Thanks ngairedith. Spare time???? whats that ha ha. The burial count is higher than that..about 420 I think, havent counted them lately.It was a big producers of gold in its day, in the 1880s the records show it produced more than Bendigo!!...but noone has heard of it.
40% of burials were under 12, flu being the greatest killer.
Stories?? Oh I have a few but still finishing the website ... got to tidy up the plan, was too small for folks to read, oh and Im maybe doing a subtab for flora.(Im a working florist too by the way).

by ngairedith on 2013-08-30 06:11:18

thanks for whetting the appetite on a town I had never heard of before
this is a very interesting read (in pdf file) WHROO, pronounced Roo, and should be of interest to others

I add some extracts here:
* Whroo is thought to have derived its name from the aboriginal term 'woorro' meaning mouth or lips, referring to a small rock waterhole at Whroo, just south0east of the cemetery
* Whroo was a gold mining town in Victoria. With the last residents leaving in the 1950's and all buildings removed or demolished
* Located about 6km south of Rushworth, both towns were established about the same time in 1853 as a result of the gold rush
* The wandering Ngooraialum aboriginal tribe, which numbered about 200 in the 1840's, covered the general area around Rushworth, Whroo and Murchison
* The major discovery of Whroo was on Oct 25 1854 when James NICHINSON & John LEWIS found a gold-bearing reef on the hill, later to be named Balaclava Reef, having been discovered on the day of the 'battle of Balaclava' during the Crimean war
* When the miners were away the population settled down to about 400 people. The peak was in excess of 2100 people, with about 5000 in the whole mining district during 1857
* A good story concerns the closure of the church. Apparently there was great indignation in Whroo about the closure. The minister, who had to ride a bicycle from Rushworth for the services, explained a reason for his closing the church was because collections didn't pay for the wear and tear on the seat of his pants!

by freesia60 on 2013-08-30 06:15:22

never heard the last story before!!
The populations was far more than that, but difficult to gain good numbers.Whroo was in the middle of th Goulburn Diggings, a huge area stretching originally from Echuca down to Nagambie, the Rushworth goldfields were rich, but not particularly easy to dig(were any of them??).Reefs go East/West which is unusual as they normally go North/South

by freesia60 on 2013-08-30 06:16:44

sorry awful typing :(

by janilye on 2013-08-30 10:50:08

This may be your William Wilson on the register!
The Argus Friday 26 June 1857

On the 14th instant, William Wilson, Victoria Hotel, Whroo, Goulburn Diggings, formerly of the Commercial Inn, Dumfries, Scotland, aged 61 years.

by freesia60 on 2013-08-30 19:37:39

Itis.have a family tree for him, as I have on most of the families buried there, inquests, certs etc

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