On 1 August 1864, the Victorian Government reserved 5 acres of Jan Juc land in what is now known as Cemetery Road, Bellbrae. Just over two months later the first trustees were appointed by the Government. They were Joseph Gundry, Alexander Butler, Andrew Edwards, George Helyar, John Wood.

The earliest burial at the cemetery was that of 22 year old Alice Bright in 1869.

We hold information on many Bellbrae Cemetery records.

Bellbrae Cemetery

Bellbrae Cemetery Centenarians

The little village of Bellbrae has a delightfully presented cemetery that serves its community and surrounds and has done for some 150 years.  It is on a sloping hillside and is surrounded by trees. It is a place that breathes peace and tranquility.

All who are buried at Bellbrae Cemetery are special people to someone but there are some very special people, the centenarians.  A centenarian is someone who lived to be 100 years or more.  In early 2021, this means the deceased person must have been born before 1920.   The actual birth range of our thirteen centenarians is 1890 to 1919.  (Table)

One can only imagine the changes they must have seen across their lifetime; the wars they lived through; the growth of scientific knowledge that occurred; the revolution in modes of transport from the horse and carriage to the jet aeroplane; the advances in modes of communication from pen and paper and carrier pigeons to the world wide web with practically instantaneous contact to anywhere on the planet.

The age range of our centenarians is 100 years to 105 years.  Interestingly nine of the centenarians were born in Victoria, across the State from Bairnsdale to Tower Hill to Hamilton.  For the others, one was born in New South Wales, one in Hamburg, Germany, one in South Africa, and one in the Shetland Islands in Scotland. There is one unknown.  The headstones/ memorial plaques for centenarians are shown below.

Surname (Maiden)

Given Name

Birth

Death

Age at Death

Place of Birth

McKeown (Rands)

Catherine

26.06.1890

14.07.1990

100

Tower Hill, Victoria

Simon

Philipp

28.12.1890

27.05.1991

100

Hamburg, Germany

May

Ina Myrtle

02.06.1892

31.07.1992

100

Bairnsdale, Victoria

White (Hunter)

Sarah Helen

25.09.1893

13.06.1996

102

Shetland Islands, Scotland

Jukes (Menzel)

Amanda

27.11.1902

05.03.2004

101

Hamilton, Victoria

Meagher

Monica Mary

13.04.1903

26.09.2008

105

Deniliquin, NSW

Henderson (Hillberg)

Doris Thelma

30.06.1912

31.10.2013

101

Essendon, Victoria

MacDonald

Flora

10.05.1914

03.10.2015

101

South Africa

Cornford (Duval)

Betty

16.09.1914

11.02.2019

104

Geelong, Victoria

Hando (Soulsby)

Phoebe Evelyn

22.02.1915

02.05.2017

102

Charlton, Victoria

Ganly (Burn)

Margaret Rosalie

07.07.1915

04.01.2020

104

Geelong, Victoria

Brooks.(McCrum)

Evelyn

22.07.1917

07.05.2018

100

Box Hill, Victoria?

Cully

Patrick Vincent

27.03.1919

29.04.2019

100

Brunswick, Melbourne