Poonindie memorial a must

BURIAL: Leon Murray standing next to the headstone of one of his relatives, he is holding the list that names 120 others who were buried at Poonindie Cemetery.

BURIAL: Leon Murray standing next to the headstone of one of his relatives, he is holding the list that names 120 others who were buried at Poonindie Cemetery.

THE state of the Poonindie Cemetery is a concern for nearby resident Leon Murray, who would like to see the area treated with more respect. 

Mr Murray said he had been involved in campaigning for the site to be cleaned up since the 1970s but as there was no plan of who was buried at the cemetery, it was hard for any thing substantial to be done. 

He said he had recently been given two lists with the names of about 120 people who were buried at the site from 1856 to 1927. 

“It is something I have been talking about for a long time,” Mr Murray said. 

Mr Murray said he was interested in giving the people buried there a respectful place as he had family who had been buried at the cemetery. 

“I have at least two relatives buried out there,” he said.

He said the aboriginal graves had been marked with slate headstones but the thin stone had eroded and some had been moved and damaged over time. 

Mr Murray said he thought it was likely there were people buried in the cemetery where there was now no surface indication to mark the grave. 

He said he would like to see more done to make the cemetery easier to get to for anyone interested in visiting the site as well as a clean-up of some of the weeds and trees in the area.

Mr Murray said he thought the best way to go about cleaning up the area would be to get the local community involved.

“The first move would be to get a small band of people from within this community together to take a deputation to the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula to have this property repaired,” he said. 

He said there was a lot that could be done without the work costing too much. 

“I don’t think it is too much to ask to give the people buried here a reasonable sort of burial ground,” Mr Murray said.

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