Women of past honoured at cemetery

The Friends of Port Elliot/Middleton Cemetery marked International Women's Day with floral tributes placed at the cemetery on Friday, March 8.

Members of the public were invited to participate by placing flowers on women’s graves in recognition of those buried there.

In the morning local women gathered with councillor Bronwyn Lewis, while councillor Michael Scott, a member of the Cemetery Advisory, sent well wishes.

The event was supported by the Australian Plant Society SA Fleurieu Group who donated bunches of flowers.

At least a dozen locals and visitors took part, and more than 20 bunches of flowers were placed around the cemetery. Flowers came from local gardens; native flowers included the silver-grey Pearl Bush, Ivory Curl, and Golden Everlastings.

Some bunches also incorporated notes written about the women, including Jessie Hussey, a renowned Botanist in the collection of marine algae and terrestrial plants, who lived in Port Elliot and collected her specimens around the district. 

The Friends of Port Elliot/Middleton Cemetery (Facebook group) is the social profile of the Cemetery Advisory, a new group for those undertaking or interested in the improvement, maintenance and connection to community of the cemetery. Working Bees are held regularly at the cemetery, and other areas of interest in connection to the cemetery are encouraged, including photography, history and community.

For more information, call 0434 359 818, or see the Facebook group 'Friends of Port Elliot ~ Middleton Cemetery'.