Dressing the Graves

Names of the 2017 Honoured Announced


The Dressing the Graves Committee has been working extremely hard to prepare for this year’s ceremonies to be held during the Kernewek Lowender. Final preparation is underway and the supporting publications are being prepared for sale during the ceremonies. (A booklet with the 2017 graves being honoured will be available for $15 and a book of all graves honoured from the beginning of the Dressing the Graves event will be available for $30.)

This year, Dressing the Graves received more nominations than places available and the committee were very regretful to have to refuse some nominations for this round. People are encouraged, however, to renominate for 2019 ceremonies. It illustrates that greater interest is being generated for this very unique and moving event during the Kernewek Lowender.

It is also very gratifying to see many women nominated for, and included in, the event this year, when 2015 was a mainly male event. A wide cross section of the community was nominated, including a Member of Parliament (Whip), a Mayor, a Mine Captain, Shipping Agent, Chemists, Miners, Smelters, Farmers, Businessmen, Midwife, Dressmaker, Housewives and Domestic Servant. Religion, Community Service and commitment to family were significant highlights of the lives of the people being honoured this year.

The successful nominees for 2017 are:

Greens Plains Cemetery 10.30 am Tuesday 16 May 2017

Peter Allen MP and Farmer; Friedrich Heinrich Bussenschutt, Farmer; Roy James Harrop, Farmer; Eliza Manuel nee Goldsworthy, Farmer’s Wife; John Clift Price, Butcher and Grocer and Gordon Walter (Doug) Williamson, Carpenter and Farmer.

Wallaroo Cemetery 1.30pm Tuesday 16 May 2017

Ruby Margaret Cunningham nee Logan, Housewife; Humphrey Jones, Smelter; Henry Letheby, Carpenter; John Maddern, Smelter Refinery Manager; Ernest Ford Newbery, Chemist; Mary Ann Sandford nee Chartfield, Boarding House Keeper; Peter M Sullivan, Shipping Agent and William Vivian, Chemist

Kadina Cemetery 10.30am Wednesday 17 May 

Thomas Anthony, Mine Captain; Arthur John William (Jack) Dix, Farmer; Thomas Lamshed, Farmer; Lily Luscombe nee Perkins, Dressmaker; Andrew Paterson, Farmer and Carpenter; Elizabeth Rowe nee Thomas, Miner’s wife; William Stevens, Miner and Elijah Whitford, Miner.

Moonta Cemetery 1.30pm Wednesday 17 May 

William Axford, Miner and Farmer; Bertha Bock, Miner’s Wife; Richard Daw, Miner; Henry Arthur Douglas Dowling OAM, Electrician and former Mayor of Moonta; Annie Hicks, Domestic Servant and Sunday School Teacher; Elizabeth Rowe nee Penberthy, Midwife; John William Thomas, Farmer; John Wood, Brickmaker and John Woon, Miner and Farmer.

Moonta, with assistance from Moonta Area School students, will also honour over 500 infants and children’s graves in the cemetery. These sad graves highlight the high mortality rate due to various disease epidemics prevailing in the 1870s and 1880s and the social and emotional cost to the families and the community.

Dressing the Graves committee has been extremely fortunate to attract a wide range of sponsorship from business and community groups this year to finance this essentially free event. Dressing the Graves would like to thank: Cornish Association of South Australia, Yorke Peninsula Family History Group, National Trust of South Australia, Moonta Branch, Copper Coast Funerals, Goerecke Memorials, Skinner Family Funerals, Vietnam Veteran’s Association, Copper Coast Sub-branch and Copyking, Kadina.