Project: Oceania Cemeteries

Categories: Oceania Cemeteries Project


Welcome to the Oceania Cemeteries Project!



This a project to document the cemeteries of Oceania, including Australia, New Zealand and other island nations of the South Pacific. Links to WikiTree profiles will be provided (where known). If you would like to join this project, contact Paul Bech.

This project is a subproject of both the Global Cemeteries Project and the Australia Project.

Country/State/Territorial Subprojects and Managers

Australia - Paul Bech
New Zealand - Kirsty Ward


This project is to document the life and times of the people interred in the various cemeteries. Each cemetery will be a sub-Project of the Cemeteries of Australia Project. Project members are needed to assist in the research and adding profiles and information to profiles. Hopefully it will grow to include links to other information and such things as video/audio tours of the cemeteries.

  • How?
Mainly by visiting cemeteries and photographing the headstones, then transcribing them to a spreadsheet before uploading the list to a page for that particular cemetery.
Funeral notices and obituaries will also be searched for possible burials for which there are no headstones.
Any other formal records that are available will also be consulted.
People are needed for any or all of the tasks of this project which are outlined above.
  • Why?
There are other cemetery sites and there is nothing preventing you from also adding your information to those sites as well. The issues are around freedom and integration of family tree information. Most of the large cemetery sites now have tie ups with commercial family tree sites so your work is being contributed to those sites as well. By adding cemetery information to WikiTree we can provide extensive profile information for graves which is missing from most other sites.
Getting out and about with others is a healthy, social and interesting pastime. Get out from behind the computer screen and get some exercise, learn some history, and stop at a coffee shop on the way home to talk genealogy with other interested people. You can also give back to your community a documented history that is often missing.

WikiTree Australian Cemeteries


Appin, St Bede's Catholic church Cemetery, NSW
Bech-2 07:03, 18 June 2014 (EDT)
Canowindra Cemetery, NSW
Carcoar Cemetery, NSW
Bech-2 08:32, 6 June 2014 (EDT)
Michelago Cemetery, NSW
Bech-2 19:48, 16 June 2014 (EDT)
Nimitybelle Pioneer Cemetery, NSW
Bech-2 08:10, 4 June 2014 (EDT)
Nimmitabel Cemetery, NSW
Bech-2 04:58, 22 June 2014 (EDT)


Leongatha Cemetery, Victoria
Monumental section complete. Lawn cemetery portion still in progress.
Bech-2 08:10, 4 June 2014 (EDT)
Nyora Cemetery, Victoria
Bech-2 22:20, 4 May 2014 (EDT)

To Do

  • Cemeteries currently being recorded (photographed, transcribed, researched (volunteers to assist welcome).
Bombala, NSW
Photography complete, transcription not yet begun
Bredo, NSW
Photography complete, transcription not yet begun
Lyndhurst, NSW
Photography complete, transcription not yet begun
Poowong, Victoria
Photography completed, transcription not yet begun
Leongatha, Victoria
Photography complete; Transcription complete on monumental section, yet to start on lawn cemetery portion Bech-2 08:14, 4 June 2014 (EDT)
Warragul, Victoria
Photography being undertaken (approx 90% complete) Bech-2 08:14, 4 June 2014 (EDT)

  • Create WikiTree profiles for all people transcribed
A completed table will include links to WikiTree profiles and direct links to the photos of gravestones. The profile created can include other sources of information as well as biographical details of the person.

  • Create an Audio and/or video tour of graves
Create a tour that can be taken on mobile phone or I-Pad or similar device. This tour will take someone around the cemeteries to explore the history of the people buried in them. Background information can be supplied. Those with mobile internet access can access online links to more information.

  • GPS locations of graves needed
A dedicated GPS tracker can be used. For those with an android phone or pad there is an App called GPS Logger which can record the locations to a file which can be added to photos later with other software (Linux has GPSCorrelate). There are also cameras with GPS facility that can tag photos at the same time as they are taken. For more information or assistance contact Paul Bech.

  • Checking of transcription information
Other people are required to assist in double-checking the validity of data entered to ensure accuracy.

Cemeteries to be recorded, but not started

This space is to record interest in recording a cemetery, mainly to avoid duplication of effort. Contact Paul Bech to be listed here with the cemeteries you plan to record and if you would have an interest in getting together with others as a joint activity.

  • Gippsland region
I have an interest in recording cemeteries in the Gippsland region of Victoria and I am interested in joining others with a similar interest.
Paul Bech: Bech-2 21:31, 28 April 2014 (EDT)
  • NSW region
I make irregular visits to NSW and I would be interested in joining others to document cemeteries.
Paul Bech: Bech-2 23:55, 27 May 2014 (EDT)

Activities; What you can do

Become a Project member. Until such time as there are sufficient members of this project, discussion will come under the auspices of the Australia Project. If you are able to photograph, record, transcribe, research, etc you are very welcome. Perhaps you may be able to get together with others to share in this family tree activity. You might start with a cemetery near you.

Tips and Tricks

  • General

This can be an enjoyable activity. You can learn more about a place and it's people. I have even made some surprise discoveries with my family tree research by noting new connections.

  • Equipment
A good camera.
GPS logger or App. (not essential but adds great value to the information recorded.
Protection from the elements
  • Photography
More to come
  • Researching
More to come

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