ABOUT 20 people toured Bendigo’s first burial ground on Sunday.
Historians and fascinated locals spent the afternoon learning about the history of the city’s first burial ground.
Historian Rita Hull said up to 600 bodies were still buried below the site at the back of the Mulqueen funeral home, which is now covered by a car park. “It was Bendigo’s first cemetery and between 550 and 600 people are still buried there,” Mrs Hull said.
“There are lots of rumours floating around that the bodies were removed and reburied, but we can find absolutely no proof the bodies were removed.”
Mrs Hull said throughout the afternoon she fielded questions about the site.
“There was one lady who had some of her ancestors buried at the site,” she said.
“Others were remembering the site as being the entrance to the showgrounds.”
The area is part of the Rosalind Park precinct.
The City of Greater Bendigo is creating a new master plan for the precinct.