https://content.thewest.com.au/publication/slug/pioneer-cemetery-restored-ng-b88564214z
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The neglected and vandalised Old Boulder Cemetery on Kambalda Road has undergone redevelopment to help maintain the dignity of the 797 deceased buried at the location. Works included putting up fences around the 13ha premises to prohibit vehicle access, placing grave numbers at grave sites and installing directory signs. Historian Tess Thompson, known as Tombstone Tess, has spent years identifying the people who are buried in the grave sites. “There were only 62 graves that ever had any monumental worth given to them,” she said. “There were a lot of people buried there with very few headstones.” “It was like a big puzzle but we now do know who is in each grave.” Ms Thompson said the site remained forgotten. The Boulder Pioneer cemetery was established in 1899 and was closed in 1903, because of the heavy ironstone terrain which made the burial process extremely costly and difficult. Eastern Goldfields Historical Society president Scott Wilson emphasised the importance of maintaining old cemeteries. “The cemeteries of ghost towns tell stories of who lived there and provide fascinating insights,” he said. Mr Wilson said that the Old Boulder Cemetery restoration was part of a bigger project. “We will eventually use this as a template for other abandoned cemeteries in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region. “There are 14 abandoned cemeteries in the Shire of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.” The renewal ceremony will be held next Wednesday at 10am at the Old Boulder Cemetery. “The ceremony itself is a great chance for us to bring it to a conclusion and tell the wider community about it,” Mr Wilson said. “It is a great opportunity to rededicate the cemetery when in the past the respect was not as good as it could have been.” Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cemetery Board treasurer Gaye Newton said the restoration was funded by a subcommittee of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cemetery Board.