History behind the headstone: Monumental mystery unearthed

Answers sought to Wagga cemetery's monument mystery


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History buffs are determined to solve the mystery of a cemetery monument, centuries old.

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Film still: Wagga council call for answers to a cemetery mystery, centuries old.

Film still: Wagga council call for answers to a cemetery mystery, centuries old.

History hunters are determined to solve the mystery of a cemetery monument, centuries old. 

Erected in the 1870’s, one of Wagga’s oldest and once prestigious tombstones stands unnamed, its markings worn away over time. 

Wagga council volunteers believe the question of whom the monument belongs to, may yet live in the memory of a Riverina resident.   

The tall sandstone structure can be found in the middle of the cemetery, surrounded by a white panel fence.

It is thought six panels along the fence may represent six members of a family, resting in the ground below. 

Council director Caroline Angel is urging anyone with information to call Council on 1300 292 442.

“The work that these volunteers do is invaluable to the community and without them so much of our history could be lost,” Ms Angel said.

“Because of the size of the monument we think it may have been erected for someone that was wealthy and prominent.”

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