Another old burial ground/cemetery about 18 kilometres further north from the mining town of Deptford (north from Bairnsdale in the Gippsland area), was located in the small gold mining township of Stirling (Haunted Stream). The township is located at the junction of Tierney's Creek and Haunted Stream and was named after James Stirling who was a well-known geologist stationed at one time in the Omeo area. Access to what is left of the old town today is via four wheel-drive vehicle, driving along the Haunted Stream Track for about 10 kilometres west from the Omeo Highway.
The township, also called, Haunted Stream, was established about 1882, but there was alluvial mining in the area in the 1860s. Reef mining came into being in the 1880s and the township developed and became the centre for a number of other mining communities including Dawson City during 1880s. During the town's peak period there was a population of about 300, but by about 1920 the township was reaching its end. Today the town is just about deserted. State School No 2845, Haunted Stream, was opened on the 17th October, 1887 with John Hanigan as Head Teacher. There was an average of 15 pupils at the school during its period of operation and in 1889 the school's name was changed to Stirling. The school ceased to operate in the early 1920s after entering a period of part-time teaching with Ensay State School in 1914 and Brookville School in 1917. The Mechanics Institute Hall in the town was used for the school during the week, the church as well as for many social functions.
Research to date has identified at least six burials in the Stirling cemetery/burial ground. No record can be found so far that a cemetery was gazetted or trustees appointed; nor detailed information on the cemetery. It would appear that the burial ground (cemetery) was provided in the township to meet the needs of the families and people living and working there. Burials in the cemetery include:
It is believed that there might still be some enclosures for this cemetery found in the area. If anyone has any further information on this cemetery, I could greatly appreciate hearing from them.David Weatherill Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bundoora, Victoria, Australia