[Editor: This short article, regarding the discovery of a pioneer’s tombstone, was taken from the general news section of The Benalla Standard (Benalla, Vic.), 25 June 1901.]
A Relic of the Past.
— A few days ago, as the groom at Frew’s Royal hotel, Wangaratta, was doing a little excavating in the stables, he stumbled across an old relic of the past, in the form of a portion of a tombstone, which evidently had been used to mark the burial place of a very old pioneer.
The stone bears the following inscription:— “In memory of George Gray, who departed this life June 15th, 1853, aged 97 years and 10 months.”
There is no doubt but that this old headstone has been covered up for many years, and in all probability this must mark the last resting place of one of Victoria’s first settlers.
It would be interesting to learn fuller particulars regarding the old man.
The Benalla Standard (Benalla, Vic.), 25 June 1901, p. 2
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