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Charcoal Drawing – Pennyweight Flat Cemetery, Castlemaine
February 13, 2013


Victims of the harsh conditions of the goldfields,

They gaze out across the valley

where their parents sought their fortunes in the muds of Forest Creek.

As the cicadas whirr, I recall coming here with my Aunt Anne at dusk,

The biting wind whipping across the small hill,

Kangaroos emerging from the bush to feed on the greenery on the slopes leading down to the creek,

Rabbits darting about in long grass,

Chilled, we turned for home in the gathering gloom.


Pennyweight Flat Cemetery was in use between 1852 – 1857.

It is a rare example of a surviving Gold Rush cemetery.

The site was chosen because the burials would not be disturbed by the search for gold.  

A high proportion of the burials are children and babies.

200 people are buried there.