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Calling for ‘Friends of the Cemetery’

Released on 09 April 2019
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The City of Salisbury has partnered with the Uniting Church and the Salisbury & District Historical Association to upgrade and maintain a significant cemetery in the heart of Salisbury.

The Methodist Cemetery, in Church Street, is one of the earliest landmarks within the Salisbury City Centre, with the first registered burial in October 1864.
City of Salisbury Mayor, Gillian Aldridge OAM said the cemetery was unique and is believed to be one of the few remaining city centre cemeteries in Australia.

The cemetery is an important part of our history and Council has agreed to fund some of works required for the upgrade,” she said.

Council has committed $77,000 to support a landscape upgrade and new footpaths. Council and volunteers will be involved in the project and ongoing maintenance, which will be overseen by the Uniting Church the owners of the cemetery.

The cemetery forms part of the Civic Square, which is undergoing a transformation with the construction of the Salisbury Community Hub, on target for completion in September.

The cemetery is a unique feature of the Salisbury Community Hub site. The upgrade will enable future generations to share in the rich history of our city,” said Mayor Aldridge.

A ‘Friends of the Cemetery’ group is being established to allow volunteers to be involved in the upgrade.
Interested volunteers can contact Brian Gillies at the City of Salisbury on 8406 8222.