1858 ~ 2003
Taradale is on the Calder Highway between
Malmsbury and Harcourt on the way to Bendigo in Central Victoria. The
cemetery which is signposted is approximately 3kms. west of the township of Taradale heading towards
While trying to strike it rich, many miners came to this area but met with horrendous deaths from rock falls, cave ins, drowning in shafts or from disease. The earliest headstone that I have found in the Taradale Cemetery is for Robert Keir who died in 1858.
Many infant children were buried in the years prior to 1900. With poor living conditions, epidemics of influenza and dysentery, plus malnutrition the mortality rate of infants was very high. Many died only days or months old, some only lived for one hour. Sadly one family buried 4 small children in the one year.
There are several Chinese buried in this cemetery and as they were classed as paupers, their grave locations are not known.
The cemetery is very well maintained. It is broken up
into religious denominations ~ Roman
Catholic, Church of England, Presbyterian, Methodist, Independent,
Baptist, Disciple, Lutheran, No Religion, Chinese and Pauper.