Research to date has identified the following in regards to this old cemetery.
* Wehla was originally called Jericho.
* In early December 1873 a request was made to the Victorian Government for a cemetery in the area.
* A school in the area was opened in October, 1871; a National School known as Jericho and by 1869 it was officially called Wehla (State School No. 320). The school was officially closed on 13 April, 1960, but the school was unstaffed from 1952.
* The Victorian Registration for births, deaths and marriages used Wehla, Burkes Flat and Wehla-Burkes Flat as the registration area names in the 1870s to 1890s.
* To date I have located 4 burials in the Wehla cemetery and of interest the place of burial for these four is noted as:
* The Dept of Sustainability and Environment - DSE, Historic Places Unit, has a small file on the cemetery.
* The first (and looks like the only) Trustees appointed for the cemetery were gazetted on the 4th February, 1887 and were:
* In the Department of Human Services- Cemeteries Unit file on the cemetery there is a note (no date) that it was believed that there were only 3-4 burials in the cemetery since it was opened and that the local council could not locate any persons to act as Trustees.
* On 25 June 1929 after a request from the Shire of Korong, approval was given, noting that the Secretary Of the Department of Lands and Survey had no objection to, the old Wehla Cemetery Reserve being leased for grazing purposes provided the graves were protected from damage from stock.
So the cemetery did not get a great use over the short time it was in operation. The big issue now is to fully identify those who were buried in it. I wonder if the four burials I have located so far are the only ones.
Any help with this cemetery would be greatly appreciated.
Bundoora, Victoria, Australia