Preston Public Cemetery
The Peston cemetery has their burial records online - search only by family name, but in the front of the office at the cemetery is a touch screen computer where you can access the data of any burial and get a map showing you just where the grave is.
But, the cemetery has had 4 names; in the following order:
* MacLean/McLean's Cemetery,
* Darebin Creek Cemetery,
* Strathallan Cemetery, and finally
* Preston Cemetery.
The cemetery land came from the McLean family in the 1840s/50s and hence had as its first name (Mc/MacLeans) for a short time. You can find early death certificates with this name.
So far my research has turned up the following two early burials there;
* Allan MacLean, Buried: 4th November, 1844. Aged 80 years.
* Mrs Hannah MacLean, Buried 9th February, 1846,. Aged 73 years.
So you can see it is an early Victorian Cemetery. One of the problems with full information on burials is that the burial registers were destroyed by fire in the early 1900s when the wooden hut used by the cemetery burnt down. Still there is some great early information on the cemetery in the cemetery archive file held by the Dept of Human Services.
The GSV/AIGS has the memorial inscriptions for the cemetery - 27th Dec, 1851 to 1982. The list was transcribed in 1987. The current register at the cemetery begins 17th Jan, 1931 with the earlier one have been destroyed by fire.
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