A short walk from the Miller’s house,
we watched as Cape geese flew over the
I walked to the far side and looked to where Bear was half way.
The cemetery plan. The people buried in this cemetery have been linked with the
island in various ways over many years, they
Graves 1 and 2.
Thomas Cherry and Rosa Adkins.
Grave 3. Benjamin Bayly.
We found that an article published in
1876 gave information on some of the graves, some have crumbled since, which is
such a shame. Using this information in italics and other research
articles, we have pieced most of the plan of the cemetery together. Burials took
place between 1825 and 1942.
From “Five Days on Maria
Island”, the Mercury, 23rd of March 1876.
commands a splendid view of Freycinet’s Peninsula, and the shores at the head of
Oyster Bay, Lord’s Bluff, Spring Bay, etc., etc. At its foot is God’s acre. To
this we strolled, and with some difficulty read the inscriptions on the tombs.
One of these bears the name of “Benjamin Bayley, Esq., late Captain of the 21st
Regiment, Royal Scotch Fusiliers, and four years visiting magistrate of this
island. Died March the 3rd, 1850, aged 55.” On approaching this our philosophic,
yet somewhat irreverent, friend Jones, despite the solemnity of the place burst
out the following remark:: -“The boss of the shanty lives here, I suppose!”
Suppressing a laugh at this, and reproving Jones, we came to a stone, on which
were the following lines:” [continued on grave
Grave 4. Diego Maria Tasman Bernacchi died on
the 16th of July 1892 aged four years and seven months. He was the son of Diego
and Barbe Bernacchi. He died while his parents were away from the island. All
that remains of his gravestone is
the little stump [we think] bottom right of the picture. The barn seen on
the slope above.
Grave 5. Sacred to the memory of Mrs Margaret
Boyd, beloved wife of Mr James Boyd, Assistant-Superintendent, Darlington,
[James was to become the head of several convict stations, including Port
Arthur] who, in the fond hope of regaining her lost treasure, health, sought
a residence in this remote climate; but, after briefly sojourning here, departed
this life in the joyful anticipation of eternal rest, 10th October, 1845, aged
27. This tablet is, also, sacred to the memory of James Andrew and Frederick
William Boyd, the infant sons of the above, who died at Pentonville, London,
A.D. 1811, aged 21 months and 6 mouths.”
To mark the suffering of
could not tell their grief
see the infant tears gush forth .
Yet know not why they
To watch their meek
fain would ask relief,
could but toll their agony,
This was then mother a
Though oceans now thy
day shall soon appear,
incorrupt and sanctified
Thoul’t meet in yon bright
Looking toward the Miller’s Cottage.
The bumps toward the right are all that is left of Delvis and Hilda’s
Grave 6. Delvis
Cusick passed away in 1938 aged one year. No information is available on Delvis,
nor the day and month he died. However, given the many Cusicks living on the
east coast town and the number of Cusicks in Triabunna cemeteries and also his
death date, he may have been the son of a cement complex worker. No headstone
Grave 7. Hilda S.
Ellen passed away on the 2nd of June 1889 aged eight years. There is no
available information on Hilda. Given her death date during Bernacchi’s first
industrial era, Hilda may have been the daughter of a worker in
Grave 8. Johanna Glenwright passed away on
the 25th of October 1841 aged twenty two. George Glenwright was one of the first
assistant superintendents at Darlington in 1842, but why his wife’s date of
death was written as 1841 remains a mystery.
to the memory of
who departed this life
October 25 1841
Aged 22 years
Strangers as you pass by
As you are so once was I
As [I am] so will you be
Pray....... you visit [me]
Grave 9. Sarah Griffiths passed away on the
31st of January 1848 aged thirty three years.
Mrs. Sarah Griffiths
The beloved wife of Mr. Daniel Griffiths
A native of Swansea, Wales
Who departed this life on 31st January 1848
Aged 33 years
“Forgive Blest shade the
mourns thy exit from a world like this
the wish that would have kept thee here
And stay’d thy progress to the seats of bliss
No more confined to
grovelling scenes of night
more a tenant pent in mortal clay
Now should we hail thy glorious flight
And trace thy journey to the realms of
10. Mary Harrison passed away on the 2nd of February 1829 aged thirty
years. Mary was the wife of the master of the brig Cyprus and the
island’s supply ship Prince Leopold.
Grave 11. John Hedderly passed away on the 7th of February 1830 aged
thirty five years. With John’s death date around the time of the ending of the
first convict era on the island, he may have been an officer or similar. He may
also be the drowning victim mentioned by Lempriere .
Grave 12. James Brisbane
Jarvis passed away on the 22nd of May 1825 aged six months and twelve days.
James was possible the son of one of the early officers associated with
Lieutenant Murdoch at his previous command. Also James’ death was possibly the
first in the settlement.