Historical, Family or Ancestor Search & Research
With the increased interest in family genealogy in Australia today, The Beechworth Public Cemetery Trust receives many requests for historical information. In each instance, every effort is made to comply with all requests received. Although the Cemetery Trust must make the information contained in the Cemetery records available to the public for historical and research purposes, there are some restrictions that are legislated under the Information Privacy Act 2014.
Information that cannot be provided includes:
- The cause of death of the deceased - (for recent deaths)
- The name and address of the “the next of kin” or “holder of the right of interment”.
The Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 provides Cemetery Trusts with an ability to charge a reasonable fee for information sought or for the making of copies or extracts of information from the records. Following any request for information contained within the Beechworth Public Cemetery records, The Trust will advise if a fee or charge is applicable.
To assist the Trust in processing a request for information, please complete the form or supply the deceased information in writing to The Trust.
Family Search Fee - $60.00
The Beechworth Public Cemetery holds records of interments dating back to the mid 1800’s.
There is, however, a proportion of missing or part records for the first twenty years from 1856 as follows:
- Prior to January 1877
No grave numbers are recorded
- 1856 – 1860
No Cemetery records
- 1860 – 1867
Sparse records only
- 1867 – June 1876
Generally good records in individual Denomination Register
- June 1876 – December 1876
No Cemetery records
- June 1877 onwards
Full details giving name, date of burial and location
Beechworth Cemetery Chronicle
Beechworth Cemetery Chronicle is an online digital mapping system which indicates the exact location of a gravesite by simply inserting a deceased name. It gives the plot details, date the person was buried, other people in the grave and shows where the plot is in the cemetery.
Eventually more burial details on each deceased person will be available on this system. It is helpful for family historians as it shows the exact location of the gravesite. It also assists cemetery administration as it readily indicates reserved, occupied, and vacant gravesites in the cemetery.
Create a Memorial through Life Chronicle
Like most public cemeteries, Beechworth Public Cemetery is digitizing their records and maps, so you have easy access to online records of your loved ones and other tombstones in the cemetery.
Through this digital medium you can read and learn about the history of those in the cemetery and get inspired by their life stories. This digital experience with your loved ones, and other ancestors of the community, can be created through Life Stories using the Life Chronicle feature.
Through the creation of a memorial with Life Chronicle, there is something that lives on after death that will be cherished by generations to come and is linked to their final resting place. An everlasting memory.
Frequently Asked Questions
Search for your loved one on the Beechworth Chronicle site. Click the dropdown arrow next to their name, then click Write a Life Chronicle. You will then be asked to enter your contact details and make payment. During the creation process you will be able to input links, make text bold, italic and/or underlined. You will also be able to add a maximum of 6 images to your online memorial.
There is a once off fee of $65.00 and payments can be processed online using your credit card.
Within five days of your Chronicle submission.
The cemetery administration has final say over all published Life Chronicle’s to the cemetery. Your Life Chronicle will be sent to them for review The Trust have five days to review and approve your submission first before being made public on the Beechworth Cemetery Chronicle page. If it is not reviewed within five days, then it will be automatically published.
You will be notified via email and refunded in full if the cemetery administration declines your submission. The reply email will include the reason it was declined. You are welcome and encouraged to submit the Life Chronicle again with any included changes. Your Life Chronicle might be declined because of inappropriate content, obscene language, or other similar reasons.
Request for Trust Records Information
Please complete as much of the following as possible.