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The Memorial Cairn with a brass plaque commemorates the early pioneers of the district and lists those early settlers and their children that are known to buried the cemetery. An inscription on the cairn is in memory of John and Ann Giblett, first settlers in the Balburrup District and also commemorates the 100th year of continuous service of the Balburrup Post Office. 

The special feature of this cairn is that a grinding wheel from a water-powered flour mill constructed on the property has been built into the cairn which was constructed by landowners.

The Giblett’s and Muir’s of Dingup, Balbarrup and Fernhill, and other early settlers in the area, are buried in this cemetery. Possibly the earliest burial after the two unknown men was John Giblett Jnr - who died in 1862. The latest recorded burial was for Ethel Thompson (who was a Deeside Muir) in 1979.

Some of the graves have traditional headstones and graves, while others are marked by small cement, stone or metal markers. These later ones are not easily read or found.
 

Location

Address:Perup Road, Balburrup Cemetery, Manjimup, 6258
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.216965
Long: 116.20781
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Front Inscription

              IN MEMORY OF 
JOHN AND ANN GIBLETT 
THE FIRST SETTLERS IN THE BALBARRUP DISTRICTS 
WHO SETTLED ON THIS PROPERTY 
            IN JUNE 1861 
AND TO COMMEMORATE 
THE 100TH YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE 
OF THE BALBURRUP POST OFFICE 
WHICH JOHN GIBLETT OPENED 
      IN JANUARY 1864. 
IT WAS CONDUCTED BY 
THE DAWSON FAMILY 
FROM 1909 TO OCTOBER 1963 
WHEN IT WAS CLOSED.

Source: MA
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