Baradine General Cemetery, well fenced and surrounded by pine trees, covers an area of, I suppose, about 10 acres. Approximately half of this remains available for future use. We found it in excellent order, with grass cut and weeds under control, no rabbit holes and almost no broken glass. There is plenty of parking space, shade, and litter bins, a shelter shed and tank water available. The various portions are clearly marked. In short, it is a rural cemetery of a high standard.
The monuments are generally in good order and upright. Although a couple has fallen, there is no apparent evidence of vandalism. The stones range from a handful of old sandstone through marble to granite. The inscriptions reflect the growing preference for brass plaques instead of the traditional marble or granite tablets. The earliest inscription we found was dated 1882 and there are several others in that decade. As yet there is no columbarium wall or lawn cemetery.
We visited the cemetery on 1 and 2 March 2006 and made digital images and notes of every visible inscription. In compiling the list, we referred to the NSW indexes of births, deaths and marriages and to the Nominal Rolls for World War 1 and World War 2 for further information.
From the town's main street, Wellington Street, turn into Narren Street and follow it to its end. Turn right into Worrigal Street, cross the concrete bridge and take the first left, which is Creek Road. The cemetery is about 300m from that intersection on the right hand side of the road.
Baradine Cemetery is administered and maintained by the Warrumbungle Shire Council. Contact Council at PO Box 191, Coonabarabran NSW 2357; phone 02 6849 2000; email: email@example.com
9 May 2006
2 Mar 2006
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