Friends of the Cemetery (from left) Karen Baxter, Margaret Wroe, Milton Leitch and Jenni Pioch are some of the members who have joined together to clean the grave sites in the Maryborough Monumental Cemetery and the Garden of Rest (cemetery opposite the monumental).
Friends of the Cemetery (from left) Karen Baxter, Margaret Wroe, Milton Leitch and Jenni Pioch are some of the members who have joined together to clean the grave sites in the Maryborough Monumental Cemetery and the Garden of Rest (cemetery opposite the monumental). Boni Holmes

Preserving history is a matter of grave importance

AFTER one year of very careful and intricate cleaning, the members of the Friends of the Cemetery have completed a small section of the Maryborough Cemetery.

Group leader and avid historian Margaret Wroe said they had been very careful in cleaning the old grave sites in the monumental section of the cemetery.

Friends of the Cemetery were a group of volunteers working to assist Fraser Coast Regional Council in the investigation and upkeep of graves and monuments at the Maryborough Cemetery.

"We have been there for 12 months now and I reckon it took us six months to work out what we were supposed to be doing," she laughed.

"The idea was that we would clean, tidy up, do whatever had to be done to make the area to look good.

"It doesn't look knocked around and the council does a really good job but it just needs that extra little bit; they just don't have the finance to do these sort of things."

Margaret said in the old cemetery there are hardly any relations left to visit the graves.

"I can go out there for a day and only see one car - Mothers Day, Fathers Day - they all traipse out," she said.

"I find it quite calming because I like the cemetery.

"We all just toddle out there - its all talk and a cup of tea really - we enjoy that."

The Friends of the Cemetery will meet at McDonalds Maryborough, corner Ferry and Alice Sts on Saturday, March 3 at 8am.

"We will be deciding on when we will be going back out to the cemetery," Margaret said.

"It has been just too hot."

For more information on the group or to volunteer email margaretwroe@bigpond.com.