Uncover the history of Bundy’s bygone eras with Unearthed: Bundaberg’s Cemetery Walking Tour at the Bundaberg General Cemetery on 1 July.
This two-and-a-half-hour tour will offer insights into the people of the past while teaching skills and appreciation for respectfully capturing their stories of remembrance.
The tour will explore historical figures in the cemetery as well as memorial walls, the children’s cemetery, war graves and the vaults.
There will also be specialised information sessions on sacred place photography and grave rubbings, followed by a communal morning tea with refreshments under the trees.
Bundaberg Regional Libraries Information Services Librarian Stephen Harris will lead the tour where he will share interesting stories and answer any questions.
He will be accompanied by professional photographer Sabrina Lauriston who will explain the etiquette around photographing cemeteries and offer expert tips.
Bundaberg Regional Council Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said events like these encouraged people to explore the records the cemetery holds in an artistic way, through photography and grave rubbings.
“The aim of the event is to create community engagement and connection by bringing people together to explore a shared history and heritage,” he said.
“It provides a platform to connect fellow participants, local historians and genealogical researchers.”
Along with photographs, participants will be able to take home their rubbings as a memento of the visit or as a reference for any historical or genealogical research.
“The graves that will be used for rubbing will be ones that have intricate designs and detailed engravings,” Cr Learmonth said, adding that only well-preserved graves would be used along with non-intrusive techniques so that no harm would be caused.
“It’s hoped the tour will inspire a new generation of historical explorers who will discover stories, accomplishments and the impact they had on the local community.”
Unearthed: Bundaberg Cemetery Walking Tour
Where: Bundaberg General Cemetery, 91 Takalvan Street
When: 1 July, 10 am – 12.30 pm
Cost: $5, book here
This tour is not suitable for participants using mobility aids, crutches, moonboots or who cannot walk long distances.