Weetangera cemetery

The website’s current picture is one taken recently of the old Methodist cemetery at “Weetangera”, the property of that name in the north-west of the ACT, where a church operated from the 1870s until it closed in the mid-1950s. The last grave dates into the 1960s, though. This plot of land has the distinction of being the last parcel of ‘private’ land that became part of the Australian Capital Territory; that happened when the Synod/Presbytery handed it over only about 18-20 years ago.

Weetangera cemetery

“Weetangera”, the property, was operated by the Shumack family and their employees, who included the Southwell and Kilby clans. The nearby ACT suburb of Weetangera has Shumack Street and Southwell Street as major roads, and our children attended the Primary school that is on Southwell Street. No Shumacks seem to have been buried in that church-yard, according to the records I have found and my walk-about several weeks ago, so they may have been “Church of England” and attended the St John’s Church near Duntroon. The Kilby family has had some notables, too, including several — David and Jodie — who were/are announcers on ABC 666 Local Radio (666kHz).

There will be an article in Presbytery News, and meanwhile this picture created some interest on the Synod website, too.