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Batesford Family Day


"Did you know that tucked away in historic Batesford, stands the 396 metre- long Moorabool Railway Viaduct, completed in 1862 to take the Ballarat line over the Moorabool Valley to the gold fields? This amazing bluestone structure, which still carries freight, was regarded as the greatest engineering feat in Australasia, being the largest early metal truss bridge in Australia at the time.


To accommodate the workers building the viaduct, a bustling, temporary township of around 1800 people was set up near the viaduct.  A small un-marked cemetary was also founded on high ground about a kilometre from the viaduct. There, 23 souls, mainly babies and young children of the viaduct workers and some of the local landowners, were buried in unmarked, now overgrown graves. Local historian, Mark Batty has formed the Batesford Cemetery Restoration Committee, to preserve this historic cemetery and bring the stories of those buried there to life.  The Batesford Community Group also has plans to make the cemetery part of an historic walking trail.  

To discover  more about this and  Batesford's rich history, join us at the Batesford Family Day, Sunday April 17th, 2016.  Meet with community minded people and enjoy a fun day out with the family.  We look forward to seeing you there."