Take a walk through settlers’ history

April 25, 2018

Time for another one: Rachel McKay at a previous cemetery walk.

The Cobram Cemetery Trust is holding a ‘‘Soldier Settlers’’ themed walk in November and it needs your help.

Cobram Cemetery Trust secretary Rachel McKay said the group was looking for community members’ help with its latest project.

‘‘We don’t need the person’s whole life story, just basic details of how they came to be settlers and what this meant for them because they became important parts of the fabric of our community,’’ she said.

In the past the group has held cemetery walks with the themes ‘‘the Italian influence’’ and ‘‘where the streets got their names’’.

They were a great success, with more than 150 people turning out for the Italian walk.

Mrs McKay is fascinated by local history and said events like this were fantastic because everybody had a story, and some were very interesting.

‘‘While we will be exploring their identity as a farmer settler, a lot of people will recognise them for the great things they did in the community,’’ Mrs McKay said.

Some of the notable settlers buried in the cemetery include Walter Ottrey, for whom Ottrey Homes is named; Harold Jobling, who built the outdoor pool; and Eileen Taylor, for whom the kindergarten is named.

There are many more names people will be familiar with.

Mrs McKay said while the cemetery trust had been in contact with family members of most of the settlers, there were still some they have been unable to get in touch with. Anyone able to provide more information can email [email protected]

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