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The monument erected over the grave by friends and family, commemorates the service of John Carre Riddell who died in 1879. 

John Carre Riddell (1809 – 1879) was a politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), a member of the Victorian Legislative Council and later, the Victorian Legislative Assembly. Riddell was a nominated member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 21 June 1852 until the original Council was abolished in March 1856. Riddell was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the Electoral district of West Bourke from February 1860 until April 1877.

John Carre Riddell was one of the leaders of the pastoral community in the '40's, and he became a member of the first Legislative Council after separation. When the bicameral legislature came into force he was elected to Parliament for West Bourke, and for 20 years he continued to represent West Bourke. On his retirement from pastoral activities he built Cavers Carre at Elsternwick, where he died on December 22, 1879 aged 70 years. In the Gisborne Cemetery a monument to the memory of this pioneer was erected by his constituents. His name is perpetuated also by Riddell's Creek, Riddell township, and Riddell parade, Elsternwick. Carre Riddell's old pastoral partner, Thomas Hamilton, who also had been one of the legislators of Victoria, died at St. Kilda in 1905, aged 84 years. [This series of articles was begun in "The Argus" on August 14, 1934, and was transferred to "The Australasian" on October 6.] 
Australasian (Melbourne), 16 February 1935. 


Address:Aitken Street, Gisborne Cemetery, Gisborne , 3437
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.495371
Long: 144.589553
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1880
Left Side Inscription

Sacred to the memory of John Carre Riddell
Of the old border family of 'Riddell of that Ilk' Roxburghshire. _  (illegible) 
Who departed this life 22nd December 1879
Aged 70 Years
"Accepted in the beloved"  Ephesians 1.6.

Mary Anne Sibella Riddell 
Wife of the above
Died 1st Janry, 1890 Aged 64 years
"On Earth peace, goodwill to all men" Luke 11.14. 

"Even In Him"  Ephesians 1.10.

Right Side Inscription

To commemorate his endearing personal qualities and long and faithful political service as a Member for West Bourke for seventeen years 

This stone is erected by his friends in West Bourke and elsewhere and his affectionate family

Source: MA, ADB
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