Barrabool Hills (Highton) Cemetery

Barrabool Road, Highton

On the 10th November 1855, a meeting was held at the Race Course Hotel, Ceres, to discuss the establishment of a new cemetery.

Early settlers had established vineyards, sheep farms, quarrying and cropping. Of the 220 original families to settle the area, 52 (almost a quarter) came from the south western counties of England (Devon, Cornwell, and Somerset); 48 from the other English counties, 36 from Switzerland; 24 from Scotland and 60 from Ireland.

The Trust applied for a Government grant which enabled a Sexton’s office to be built, fences and gates erected and insurance against bushfires. No doubt the horror of Black Thursday, 1850, still fresh in residents’ minds.

Cemetery Motto
“Our God is the God of Salvation And unto God the Lord, Belong the Issues from Death.”

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