Cemetery offers glimpse into Mount Gambier’s past

A CENTURY and a half ago, a 13-week-old baby was the first burial at Mount Gambier’s Lake Terrace Cemetery.

Edward Hodge was the infant son of Thomas and Harriet Hodge of Caveton and was buried without a headstone – unceremonious, but not unusual for infant burials in 1868.

A plaque has since been installed beside the grave to recognise its significance and the now sprawling cemetery has been the site of around 10,000 burials over the past 150 years.

FIRST BURIAL: Lynn Lowe beside a plaque commemorating the first burial at Lake Terrace Cemetery

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