Welcome to the St Mark’s Pioneer Cemetery Audio Tour, Picton. Here you can listen to the stories of people buried in this cemetery. Click on the names below to hear their stories.
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Much thanks goes to Elizabeth Villey for her wonderful research and composition of these stories!
We’d love to hear your comments and feedback below. Thanks for visiting!
What a great way to share our local history, excellent job all concerned and great research Betty Villy.
Congratulations on your restoration work & research for the audio tour.
My GGG grandfather Thomas Gillingham’s name is on a monument along with 2 other men in the cemetery which was erected by their fellow workmen. I went to Picton after the floods to check on it & thankfully it was ok.
It was a memorial for the men who lost their lives in 1863 while working on the Viaduct, his occupation was a Stonemason. He arrived in Australia in 1853 with his wife Martha & 2 children Mary & Emily.
I would be interested if church records have any additional information.
Hi Gail, thankyou for your comment. This is a monument and a story that we are looking to tell in the next phase of the project. Many of our church records were of course damaged in the flood, but we’ll attempt to keep you in the loop as we do the research on this monument. Blessings, Ben
Thank you, I will look forward to the next phase. Let me know if I can be of any help as I have Thomas’s death certificate & shipping records. I live in Campbelltown, so not far for me to go to Picton.
Do you have any info or records on Jesse selmes
Passed away 27 September 1861 and buried in the cemetery
My Great Grandfather
Hi Tina, thanks for your enquiry. We don’t have many records (some were lost in the 2016 flood). What we do have is available at this link for you to look through: https://pwac.org.au/st-marks-cemetery-restoration-plans/. Hope you find some information there. Blessings, Ben
Hi Tina, I too am a descendant of Jesse Selmes my line is thru James & Maria. I live on the Central Coast and have not visited Picton or Jesse grave for many years. I ran into a brick wall with Jesse and Ann. Hope you have had more luck than me! Regards Judith Nicholls
In Picton today with my granddaughters and decided to look at the cemetery. A lovely surprise to find a number of QR code’s by the graves where I could read about some historical Picton families. Well done and congratulations to those involved.
Thanks Cathey, glad you enjoyed the audio tour!
Was passing by Picton and decided to have a look around the cemetery and was so pleased to see the QR codes. You’ve done a fabulous job of bringing the world of the people buried here to life. It was fascinating and I spent nearly an hour walking around in the cold. Amazing work and thank you so much!
Thanks Lisa, so glad you were able to enjoy the Cemetery Audio Tour. We are so indebted to our past, it’s our privilege to make it accessible in the present. Blessings, Ben.