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The Bad, Sad and Famous – A Walk through Benalla’s Cemetery

The victims of bushranging, murders, bigamy and tragic accidents lie in Benalla Cemetery. In its long history, the cemetery has seen it all - from a test bowler to rival Shane Warne to Australia's first celebrity chef. Members from the Cemetery's trust will recount stories of the graves.

At dusk on Saturday 6 May, guides from Benalla’s cemetery trust who have researched the back stories of many of the cemetery’s interments will show the way from grave to interesting grave. As they move among the graves, they will relate the stories that they have discovered in their research. Benalla cemetery has stories aplenty – of the bad, sad and tragic. For example, both a victim and a member of the Kelly gang lie in Benalla’s cemetery. The stories related will range from murders committed in 1860s through to the explosion of an iron killing three children in 1909 to the deaths of polio victims in the 1950s. Whether it is stories from the railways or family mysteries or a bike-riding blind man, Benalla cemetery has it all. Walking the cemetery in the dark gives the walk an additional piquancy. Ph:0421123472.

Event date

Event Details

Cemetery Road, Benalla, Victoria

5.30pm to 7.00pm

Entry fees:
By donation
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Bring a torch. The cemetery will be dark. Ground in the cemetery can be uneven and at night it is unsuitable for wheelchairs and those unsteady on their feet.