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A plaque in the cemetery records that the unmarked children`s graves are those who were killed by disease due to the unsanitary conditions around the mine.

February 1870 arrived with heat and dust and at the appropriately named Cemetery Flat, children played in rotting household refuse and effluent from surface drains. In house after house there were to be found poor fever-stricken children, many died and there were often seven to as many as fourteen funerals a day. Typhoid fever claimed their parents as well. They died on the leases, on the same land as the richest mine in Australia.

Location

Address:Retallick Road, Moonta Cemetery, Moonta, 5558
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.07459
Long: 137.58516
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Pandemic
Source: MA
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