Memories shared at unveiling of Emu Bay cemetery upgrades

Hardships experienced by Kangaroo Island's pioneers were highlighted at the official unveiling of restoration works at the Emu Bay cemetery on Sunday. October 6.

Cheree Tyley from the Emu Bay Progress Association gave the opening address.

Speaking at the event was Pat Thalborne, who is a descendant of William Percy Radford (1872-1887). William has a headstone at the cemetery after an untimely death.

She explained the mystery surrounding the death of William Percy Radford, which came to light earlier this year after she placed flowers on his grave.

Bronwyn Foster then spoke about the Island's history relating to Bates and Adams settler families.

Members of the Kangaroo Island Lions Club, the Overton family and Emu Bay Progress Association gather for the unveiled the new sign at the cemetery.

After the unveiling, the progress association hosted a pooled afternoon tea at Emu Bay shelter shed.

Also present was Jo-Anne Overton, who is currently calling for help from Island families and descendants of the original pioneers to confirm and expand on her Island-wide research.

The site for a cemetery at Emu Bay was surveyed in 1882 and local people were buried in unmarked graves from 1893 until 1915.

The Cemetery fell into disrepair until Emu Bay Progress Association members got to work in 2015.

Ms Overton in 2013 researched the names of those buried in unmarked graves and Kangaroo Island Lions Club made six headstones, installed with assistance from Emu Bay Progress Association.

At the Emu Bay cemetery there are headstones for three babies and a toddler born to early settler families; a teenage male and an adult male.