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Wesleyan Cemetery

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The Cemetery contains early graves with fine slate headstones (many carved by George Sara) and two sarcophagi with slate sides and lids.

The first recorded burial was that of John Hill in May 1844, but no headstone exists.

The earliest headstone dates from November 1846 and marks the resting place of Sampson Bastian, aged 55 years.

The high infant mortality is evident in the burials of Edward Loud aged 2 weeks in April 1847 and Frances Cheesman aged 2 weeks in 1850.

Many notable Willunga residents were buried here, including James Bassett, George Sara, Thomas Atkinson, John Hockney, Thomas Male, Thomas Polkinghorne, Cliff Reed and Simon Sibly

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  • Ruth Baxendale and Faye Lush Willunga Walks 2010
Early graves, Uniting Church (Wesleyan) Cemetery, Willunga
Early graves, Uniting Church (Wesleyan) Cemetery, Willunga
James Bassett's slate headstone, Uniting Church Cemetery
James Bassett's slate headstone, Uniting Church Cemetery


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