Crib Point Cemetery is a tiny cemetery.
It is bordered by Morradoo Railway Station not far from Westernport Bay, Mornington Peninsula.
No fancy graves are here.
No fancy statues are here.
It is easy to believe that no fascinating stories may be associated with such a simple place.
But this cemetery does have a story.
Clem Kleinig, long-serving member of the Cemetery Trust, is the caretaker.
He knows many of the people who lie here and mows the property by hand.
There is the local doctor who was called out to attend a car accident, only to find out that the victim was his wife.
There is Colin Joseph Whiston – the first Australian serviceman killed in Vietnam, at the battle of Long Than.
Pte Whiston, Colin J Unit: 6RAR; Age: 21;
National Serviceman Born: Sydney, NSW
Civ: Postman; Single
KIA - Gunshot wounds
Commem: Garden of Remembrance, Vic
Buried at: Crib Point Cemetery, Vic
But there is a particularly beautiful story attached to this place.
Because the Trust is purely voluntary, it is the cheapest cemetery in the state, which means that they get the state trustee funerals – people who die with no money and no family.
See more of this story HERE!
The cemetery is behind the trees on the left of the photo.
And now to turn to the name of the nearby railway station.
From 1960-1996, Morradoo railway station was simply SP 15 (stopping place 15).
The area was still in the Crib Point region, so there seemed to be no haste to give it a name.
Morradoo appeared to be a suitable choice because it was the original name of Crib Point, meaning "powder and shot".
More details HERE!
(Cerberus, a major naval base is nearby.)
This fact seems to further enhance the idea of the cemetery being almost without identity.
This is the only other photo I have of the cemetery.
(Notice the uniform style of the "raised bed" graves!)
I took both photos in 2008, thought that the place held no real interest and drove on.
Not till creating this post did I know the background of this cemetery.
Now I am sorry I did not spend more time here.
I must go back!!!!
A small special place
Crying for identity
Seeking some wonder
1. Notice the blue sign to the left back of the photo.
It reads BITTERN - the name of the next suburb.
2. In Julie N's database I found this note in her Crib Point Cemetery listings:
463 ANDERSON Gustav no dates Swedish Seaman Erected by his Shipmates
I must go back!!!!!!!
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