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Church and cemetery tours to reveal local history

26 July, 2013Posted in: Events
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Attention all local history buffs!

As part Sesquicentenary celebrations of Bowral and Moss Vale, Wingecarribee Shire Council will conduct tours of local churches and cemeteries in the two towns.

Many of the early pioneers of the region, including members of the Throsby family, are buried in cemeteries throughout the Highlands. The day-long tours are a great way to learn about our local history and the families who have become synonymous with so many landmarks and locations in the Shire and who helped shape the identity of the towns and villages we know today.

The Bowral churches and cemetery tour will be held on 17 August, 2013 and will include St Jude’s Church, Uniting Church, Bowral Cemetery and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Local funeral director G Beavan Funerals will also be running an open weekend in conjunction with the Bowral tour on 17 and 18 August to allow the public to see the services they offer, including a look at their unique horse-drawn hearse.

The Moss Vale churches and cemetery tour will be held on 24 August, 2013 and will include St John’s Anglican, Christ Church and Bong Bong Graveyard, St Paul’s Catholic Church, Moss Vale Uniting Church and Moss Vale Cemetery.

The cost is $25 per person for each tour day and includes a full day of church and cemetery tours with a knowledgeable guide and a provided lunch.

Bookings are essential and must be made before 14 August for the Bowral tour and 21 August for the Moss Vale tour.

Continuing the 150th birthday celebrations of Bowral and Moss Vale, a kite flying festival will be held at Eridge Park, Burradoo, weather permitting, on Saturday 31 August between 10am and 2pm.

This is a family fun day out to encourage residents to enjoy a day outside in the beautiful Highlands and help celebrate the sesquicentenary of our two towns.

For more information or to book a cemetery tour, contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4868 0888.

For details on Sesquicentenary events running throughout the year, visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/sesquicentenary-2013.