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Gates of the German cemetery commemorate the pioneers of the area.
William Westgarth (1815-1889), a prominent Melbourne merchant, actively promoted German migration to Victoria, having observed the ‘industry, frugality, sobriety and general good conduct’ of Germans in South Australia. While on a visit to Europe during 1847/48 he travelled to Germany where he encouraged prospective emigrants to consider Melbourne as a destination.
While in London he persuaded the British Government to offer a bounty to assist them to travel here. As well as those Germans and Wends who settled at Westgarthtown, others who arrived from 1849-51 settled at Germantown (Grovedale) near Geelong, at Hawthorn, Richmond, Collingwood, Northcote, Brunswick, Mill Park and Greensborough, or dispersed about the Port Phillip District among the Anglo-Celtic population. In 1853, German settlements were also established at Doncaster, Harkaway and in the Western District near Hamilton.
|Address:||Hessel Road, Cemetery, Harkaway, 3806|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.0025|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 14th May, 1962|
These gates were erected by the family of I. Wanke in memory of the pioneers and their descendants who rest within
May 14th 1962