Interesting Cemeteries: Clare to Penwortham

How many cemeteries do you think are located between Clare and Penwortham, a distance stretching only 16km? The answer might surprise you!

There are a total of eleven cemeteries, some are Methodist, Catholic, Anglican, and even Gaelic.

Here is a list, with addresses of each one:

Stanley Flat Methodist Chapel 1864 - Stradbrooke Road

White Hut Gaelic 1869 - Gaelic Cemetery Road 

White Hut Methodist 1860 - White Hut Road

Clare General 1872 - Bennys Hill Road

St Michaels Roman Catholic 1848 - Victoria Road

St Barnabas Anglican 1848 - Farrell Flat Road

St Aloysius Roman Catholic 1872 - College Road

Penwortham Methodist 1858 - Harrold Road

Penwortham St Mark's Anglican - Bagshaw Close

Spring Farm Methodist 1852 - Spring Farm Road

"You will find this headstone in the Spring Farm Cemetery on Spring Farm Road, just out of Clare.  Mika was a converted native of Samoa. I believe he died of typhoid. He is buried with the Moyses family having resided with them in William Street, Clare.

Mika was a converted native of Samoa. Mr Solomon Williams, a photographer of Glenelg and later in Clare, was asked to photograph Mika in his coffin. In accordance with Samoan ritual, a likeness of the deceased had to be sent to Samoa for verification of his death. A duplicate of this photo was then given to William May of Clare. That name is not familiar to me and I wonder where that photo is now."

- written by Val Tilbrook, local historian

 

Download a map of the cemeteries here

For further information, please contact the Clare History Group or the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council.

 

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