Lonely Graves Australia

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Lonely Graves

Many people died in remote places throughout Australian History, and taking the body to a grave yard or cemetery was not possible. These people ended up buried in remote and isolated places, on family farmsteads, or in long forgotten tiny cemeteries.

Lonely graves have been defined as:

...a lonely grave as a single or small group of graves outside recognised or currently used cemeteries, and no more than 20 burial plots per burial location. [1]

South Australia

Barritt Grave - Quaker Meeting House.

Source Credit/Citation: Barritt Grave, Quaker Meeting House Grounds (North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). Maryann and Joseph Barritt's headstone. Personally photographed by Anne Tichborne.

  • Thomas Clark grave at Chapman River. White cross inscribed Thomas Clark (1894) View image here. Under a pepper tree on the western approach road to the Chapman River camp grounds, Lashmar Conservation Park. Adjacent to grave of Jane Lashmar with similar marker. [2]
  • Jane Lashmar grave at Chapman River. White cross inscribed Jane Lashmar(1847-1866) View image here. Under a pepper tree on the western approach road to the Chapman River camp grounds, Lashmar Conservation Park. Adjacent to grave of Tom Clark with similar marker. [3]


There are three lonely graves on a farm near Monbulk, in Southern Gippsland. Two of them are for the infant sons of a pioneering family. The other is of 88-year old John Goldsmith, an immigrant from Wexford, Ireland. [4]

Western Australia


Do you have any photos of lonely graves you can add?

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Another way is to do research into who is buried where. Possibly by looking at newspaper obituaries.

Adding WikiTree profiles for the people who are buried in lonely graves.

Lonely Grave Resources


  1. Jaunay, Graham. Graham Jaunay, genealogist: Ancestral and local history researcher. accessed 28 Dec 2018
  2. Kangaroo Island Pioneers Assoc.
  3. Kangaroo Island Pioneers Assoc.
  4. I originally found a document with this information in the library of the Institute for Genealogical Studies, in Blackburn Victoria. Further information was found in a book in the Leongatha library. In a 'Google' search I have found a full account of these three deaths, together with a photograph of the graves (See: South Gippsland Genealogical Society Inc. Newsletter, June 2013, Volume 4 No. 02 - Page 5).- Al Orton

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Added grave of Jane Lashmar, Kangaroo island, with link to profile.
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Added grave of Tom Clark, Kangaroo Island, with link to Profile.
posted by [Living Turner]