WORKS to restore Parkerville Children’s Home bush cemetery will begin soon after a storm wreaked havoc on the historic graveyard last week.
Destructive winds on May 23 brought down a number of trees and branches at the cemetery where about 30 children and babies were buried between 1903 and 1919.
The full impact on the grave sites will not be known until the trees can be removed and damage assessed.
“Parkerville Children and Youth Care (PCYC) is ever mindful of our role as custodians of this important historical site and its significance to our past residents, staff and the broader community,” PCYC chief executive Kim Brooklyn said.
“At this stage, we have arranged for the appropriate professionals to remove the trees next week, after which we will be able to assess the damage and plan remedial works.”
Safety signs have been placed at the site while any necessary repairs are completed.
Originally known as the Emily Ayckbowm Home for Waifs and Stray Babies, the children’s home was built in 1903 by the Anglican Order of the Sisters of the Church.
One of the original Sisters, Sister Kate, was in charge of the home from its inception until 1933.
While about 30 children and babies are buried at the site, only 24 names are known and listed on a plaque by the entrance.
By Claire Ottaviano