general cemetery in Cassilis, variously known as Dalkeith Cemetery
and Chinaman's Cemetery. It was apparently never dedicated as
a general cemetery and is currently on private land. It was sold
by the Merriwa Shire Council for unpaid rates in 1973.
The National Trust visited the site in 1982. The Trust didn't
add the site, only the monuments to the Classified list. In 1983
the Trust contacted the Merriwa Shire on possible conservation,
without result. The land has been farmed but has not been ploughed
for some years. Stock have recently been removed.
The local Council declared the cemetery an 'item of heritage
significance' in 1989 however it appears that no further progress
has been made with preservation or protection since that time.
There are a large number of burials there dating from the mid
1800s to the late 1800s - only 2 x sarcophogus, an altar grave
and a cast iron headstone are still standing. Other monuments
are fallen, a lot of monuments are shattered.
Annette Piper 2003