Penguin General Cemetery & Vantage Point, Penguin

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Penguin General Cemetery was gazetted a public cemetery in 1897; it overlooks the township of Penguin and the Bass Strait in Tasmania, Australia. It is situated on Main Street, a kilometre west of the town’s Post Office, on land originally owned by Reverend W.H. Walton of the Primitive Methodist Church.HistoryBaby John Lancaster was Penguin’s first death, in 1865, four years after European settlement. The first recorded burial was that of Eliza Ann Hales. She was buried in the cemetery on 23 January 1869. Her grave is marked with a headstone. The most complete and up-to-date burial records as well as a detailed plot burial map are available on Council's website.A community meeting on 28 January 1885 established the Penguin Cemetery Trust. Twelve years and many burials later, the site was gazetted as a public cemetery, known then as the Penguin Public Cemetery. The first meeting of the Trust committee was held on 6 January 1886; the last recorded meeting on 24 June 1943.Meeting minutes indicate that in its earlier days the cemetery was portioned off according to religious denomination, however this is not evident today. Minutes also indicate additional lands were purchased as demand grew. In 1957 the cemetery opened its new section, essentially delineating the old from the new. The cemetery closed in 1977 when the nearby Penguin/Ulverstone Lawn Cemetery opened on South Road. A few burials still take place in the Penguin Cemetery.Heritage-listingPenguin General Cemetery was heritage-listed in 2007 under Tasmania’s Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995, for its evolutionary pattern of Penguin life, its research potential, community significance, and associations with Tasmanian history. At rest here are Bounty immigrants of the 1850s, returned soldiers from the Boer, First and Second World Wars, many of the town’s most notable former residents, as well as former convicts (pictured).
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  • I always pop in to Cemeteries ... there is always so much to see and to learn there . It's always quiet and always meditative . Penguin has a beautifully maintained resting place for it's people...  more »
  • Having a walk through this cemetery provides you with a glimpse into the towns history. An interesting way to spend 30 minutes.  more »
  • recently visited the cemetery at Penguin and was amazed with the wealth of history and the interest generated, well worth the visit.
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