Maldon Cemetery

Recently, I was standing at a lookout known as the Rock of Ages in the Nuggetty Ranges when I saw that Maldon’s cemetery lay at my feet. This provided the inspiration to visit the cemetery this sunny, Sunday afternoon.

Here is the view looking up to the Nuggetty Range.

Whilst I was admiring the view across to Mt. Tarrengower, I noticed a brick tower in the distance so I made my way across.

Just as I thought, it was a Chinese oven or burning tower used in Chinese funeral ceremonies. I was disappointed that all evidence of Chinese burials had disappeared unlike the Castlemaine cemetery.

The oven is listed by the National Trust which helps to ensure its preservation.

Locally, the main evidence of the Chinese presence on the goldfields is in the cemeteries as joss houses or temples were demolished years ago.


I like the memorials descendants have erected to their pioneering ancestors.


This headstone of an Irish family features a harp which I haven’t seen before.

The old sexton’s cottage stands at the entrance to the cemetery.

10 Responses

  1. I loved this post. Cemeteries can say so much about history, art, and landscaping. While in Germany last year I learned that the elderly folks often do the work of keeping up and grooming cemeteries for exercise and to give back to mankind. The cemeteries there were a kind of botanical garden. As we walked through, the folks that were grooming and tidying up smiled and greeted us. It was a most pleasant experience!

    • Hi Lori, I enjoyed reading about your experiences in German cemeteries – a contrast to the ones I visit.

  2. Well done! Cemeteries can be fascinating places to explore as you have shown here.

    • Thanks Denise, I am gradually working my around the cemeteries in the district.

  3. What an interesting place for a stroll around on a sunny afternoon. As Eremophila says, good to hear that you’re out and about again.

    • Yes, I was making the most of the sunny weather before fog and rain rolled in today. I am able to be more active as I recover from the surgery.

  4. Glad you’re up and about again Margaret. I didn’t explore the cemetery when I visited maldon but it’s on the list for when I’m that way again. Best wishes to you.

    • Thank you, Enevea. It took me 6 years to make it to Maldon’s cemetery.

  5. What an interesting post, thank you for sharing your discovery.

    • Thank you, Susan. I am finding that each cemetery in the district has its own unique character. Like Castlemaine, I am sure there would have been earlier burial grounds which were superseded as Maldon developed.

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