Pennyweight Flat Children’s Cemetery

Not far from Castlemaine’s Forest Creek Diggings is the Pennyweight Flat Children’s Cemetery. There can be no more stark a reminder of how difficult life would have been for a gold mining family in the nineteenth century than this stark cemetery. Over two hundred children lie buried in tiny graves on a hill of rocky land worthless for mining purposes.

Note how the rocks have been stacked up where the ground has been too rocky to dig a deep grave.

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Hundreds of tiny graves, most lost to the ravages of time

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Pennyweight Flat Children’s Cemetery

 

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19 thoughts on “Pennyweight Flat Children’s Cemetery

      1. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I used to live on the north-west coast of England in a village where there is a church graveyard with the graves of so many people, many children, who drowned or died in accidents on the rocks, it breaks your heart to read them.

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