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Lake Wangary Cemetery Survey

Mr Andrew Frost, current tutor and Spatial Scientist at Flinders University with 16 years experience in the Spatial Industry, a degree in Applied GIS (Honours) and a major in Archaeology approached Council and offered his services for the surveying of the Wangary Cemetery.

Council agreed to support Mr Frost in this endeavour and Mr Frost, along with Professor Ian Moffat, Tiago Attorre and Michael Everett, all from Flinders University Archaeology Department visited Lake Wangary Cemetery at the end of April and set about completing the survey using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), to assess disturbances in the ground that could indicate the location of gravesites.

The report concludes that there are 23 ‘probable’ un-marked grave sites within the cemetery, with a further two sites being described as ‘possible’ un-marked grave sites. The report indicates that the ‘probable’ graves could have occurred in the four years between proclamation and first recorded burial and notes that no children’s graves were identified in this survey as they are hard to identify due to the reduced area of stratigraphic disturbance.

The findings go on to state it would not be unlikely that some of the other disturbances noted but not marked as probable or possible sites within the report are, in fact, the burial sites of children, given the high infant mortality rate of the late 19th century, however further investigation and methodology refinement is required to further this knowledge.

To view the report in full - please click here.

Council thank Flinders University, Professors Andrew Frost & Ian Moffat and Tiago Attorre and Michael Everett for taking the time to work with Council at the Lake Wangary Cemetery as this work will be considered when planning any future expansions of the Cemetery as well as assisting local historians of the area with their work.

25 June 2019

 

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