Pennyweight Flat Cemetery & Pioneers MemorialPrint Page
Large sandstone headstone marking the site of the cemetery and commemorating the pioneers of the Forest Creek goldfield who are buried there. Over 200 children are buried from the goldrush days of 1852-1857 in the children's cemetery. The cemetery was restored and fenced in 1929.
On 20 July 1851 Thomas Peters, a hut-keeper on William Barker’s Mount Alexander station, found specks of gold at what is now known as Specimen Gully. This find was published in the Melbourne Argus on 8 September 1851, leading to a rush to the Mount Alexander or Forest Creek diggings, centred on present-day Castlemaine, claimed as the richest shallow alluvial goldfield in the world.
|Address:||Colles Road, Pennyweight Flat Cemetery , Moonlight Flat, Castlemaine, 3450|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.06775|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1852|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1857|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 26th January, 1930|
PENNYWEIGHT FLAT CEMETERY
1852 - 1857.
RESTORED AND FENCED 1929
This stone was unveiled in honour of the pioneers of the Forest Creek Goldfield, Jan. 26. 1930
ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION