1855 ~ 2003
LOCATION ~ This cemetery is located in Separation Street, Northcote and is wedged between two houses and the local rubbish tip at the rear.
A number of German immigrants settled in Northcote in the early
1850's. Seven Germans bought blocks of land in Separation Street
[named in honour of Victoria's independence from New South Wales], and
they mostly settled on the flat land at the bottom of the hill.
They were August Schwaebsch, Moritz Heiner, Trangott Scholz, Albert
Fritsche [one of his descendants became a notable architect], Edward
Hellwig and August Schwerkolt. These settlers in Separation
[originally named German Lane], Northcote called their locality
Cawdortown. In May 1861 Peter Macarthur sold one acre on the north
side of the street to August Schwaebsch, Albert Fritsche, Moritz Heiner
and Edward Hellwig in trust for use as a cemetery by the inhabitants of
Cawdortown. The Germans were a close-knit community who wanted to
preserve their national identity in a new country. The 1901 census
reveals that there were 77 German-born residents in Northcote. For
years there was an Annual New Year's Picnic in the German quarter, and
its luncheon tents, merry-go-rounds, dancing, music and sports attracted
very large crowds.
LAYOUT ~ The small rectangular cemetery is hidden away behind a one-metre red brick wall, clone wire at the top. An opening of 5.6 metres is in the centre with a wrought iron pedestrian gate and vehicle gates supported by brick pillars. This structure appears to have been erected in the 1960's. The layout is structured around a central drive which runs from the entrance in Separation Street.
MEMORIALS ~ Most of the monuments face east, except for those against the eastern fence. There is a total of 11 rows on raised banks running in a north-south direction. The cemetery has suffered from vandalism. Many of the marble slabs are smashed; gravestones have been knocked over, and iron railings have been bent. The earliest surviving headstone is for Johannes Krupsch. Another interesting headstone is that of the works manager of the Northcote Brickworks, Thomas Weatherall, who was buried there is 1892. The headstone records that is was erected by the shareholders and workers of the brickworks and bears the words "Sweet Rest in Heaven". Many plots are without markings. Eva Perry, a descendant of one of the Germans [Cr. Carl Adolph August Schwaebsch] buried in the cemetery, has been rallying support for the restoration of the graves. In 1992 the Northcote Council were considering restoring the cemetery and making it more secure from intruders and vandals. 9
[Taken from "Cemeteries our Heritage" with kind permission from the author Dr. Celestina Sagazio].
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