Bluff Pioneer Cemetery

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Bluff Pioneer Cemetery

  • Mersey Bluff Headland (Coles Beach Road), Devonport, Devonport City, Tasmania, Australia
  • 180 Memorials added (38% photographed)

Also known as Mersey Bluff Pioneer Cemetery.

In 1887 the Formby Council (former name of Devonport) purchased 13 acres of land on the corner of what is now Bluff Road and Coles Beach Road (formerly Laycocks Road). Prior to this the dead were ferried across the river to be interred at East Devonport or conveyed to the Congregational Cemetery Church at the Don. One of the first burials at the new cemetery was a Mr. Thomas Lloyd on October 25, 1887.

The Cemetery became full around the time of the First World War and was closed in 1922, other than for burials in family plots.

Due to vandalism and grazing cattle, many headstones were damaged and smashed. In 1963, the town council decreed that the sites were to be bulldozed and converted to parkland. The headstones not damaged were salvaged and were re-erected, to one corner of the park, rendering all existing stones as CENOTAPHS.

The Devonport Council places the grave count at over 450 burials.

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GPS Coordinates: -41.16194, 146.35341

  • Added: 22 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2446580