New cemetery sign steeped in history

SHIRLEY WHYTE IN TUATAPERE
Last updated 15:40 16/12/2010
Eastern Bush Cemetery
SHIRLEY WHYTE/The Southland Times
RESTING PLACE: At the grave of Malcolm and Marjory Mouat in the Eastern Bush Cemetery are (from left) Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno, Stewart Mouat and Lincoln Moffat. In 1991 Marjory Mouat was the last person to be buried at the cemetery.

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A new sign has been erected at the entrance to the Eastern Bush Cemetery.

The Southland District Council and the Eastern Bush Cemetery Trust combined to develop the new informative notice board, put in place yesterday, which has the names and location of people buried at the cemetery, as well as its history.

Trust secretary-treasurer Lincoln Moffat said he had the minutes of the first meeting held on January 27, 1904, and every meeting since.

"The meeting were held every seven years and the issues were much the same as they are today – weed control, maintenance and financial viability."

The cemetery is still opened as a trust and the price of a plot has remained unchanged at 1 or $3 since 1904.

Trust chairman David Church said he was delighted with the new sign.

"It's fantastic – you often see people driving down to the cemetery so now they will be able to read its history as well," Mr Church said.

Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno said it was important to remember heritage.

"People are becoming more and more interested in their heritage and visits to cemeteries form an important part of their genealogy journey," she said.

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