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DeSalis Cemetery

2013

Restoration works to this 135 year old heritage listed cemetery, which is a rare example of a 19th century pastoral station cemetery. It is located on a low ridge overlooking the confluence of the Murrumbidgee and Gudgenby Rivers and is formed by an enclosing stone wall that was backfilled with earth to enable burials to occur. The walls are up to 2m high and enclose an area meassuring 50 x 20m.

The retaining wall was partly destroyed during severe flooding in 2010 endangering the stability of the graves contained within the walls. The work involved ground penetrating radar surveying of the cemetery to identifiy individual graves, researching options for stabilising and reinstating the walls, documenting the preferred restoration systems and supervising the construction works. The work was carried out with assistance from SMEC and archaeologist Peter Dowling.