Yielma Cemetery



Yielima is a small township just north of Nathalia on the Nathalia to Cobram Road. Selectors had moved into the Yielima area during 1875-1876.

On 24 August, 1878 a request for land to be set aside for a cemetery was made on behalf of the residents of the area. On 14 July, 1879 an area of nine acres, 3 roods and 38 perches was temporarily reserved by the Governor in Council and Gazetted on 18 July, 1879 [VGG 1879/1816].

In June, 1880. State School Yielima was opened and in 1951 the school was closed with the children being bussed to Nathalia State School
In June 1891 in a letter from the Shire Secretary, Shire of Numurkah, to the Secretary, Public Lands Department, it was noted that as of this date there had been no interments in the cemetery. The Shire Secretary then requested that the land reserved for the cemetery be used for grazing purposes.

In 1956 [VGG 1956/1016] the cemetery reservation was revoked and was noted to be reserved as a recreation reserve. In 1991 the land was re-reserved as a Natural Interest Reserve.
If anyone has any further information on this cemetery, I would appreciate hearing from them.

David Weatherill
Email: djweath@bigpond.net.au
Bundoora, Victoria, Australia



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