Cemetery trail links past with present

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey Visitor Centre Manager Gemma Longford with Harvey History Online Coordinator Heather Wade and South West Compassionate Communities Network founder Julieanne Hilbers are excited for the launch of the Harvey Old Cemetary Tour. Photo: Nicolette Barbas
Camera IconHarvey Visitor Centre Manager Gemma Longford with Harvey History Online Coordinator Heather Wade and South West Compassionate Communities Network founder Julieanne Hilbers are excited for the launch of the Harvey Old Cemetary Tour. Photo: Nicolette Barbas

Last Tuesday a group of Harvey residents came together to take part in the launch of the old Harvey cemetery tour.

The self-guided trail has been a work in progress by Harvey History Online founder Heather Wade.

“We wanted to create this trail as a way of linking the Harvey cemetery to our website,” Ms Wade said.

“It’s a fun way of getting people to visit the site and also learn about the pioneers of Harvey.”

There are 20 headstones included on the trail for users to find and learn about.

“The idea is that people go and find the relevant headstone and read the information about the deceased on our website,” Ms Wade said.

“We are essentially connecting people and history through the use of modern technology.”

South West Compassionate Communities Network co-founder, Julieanne Hilbers, said the partnership between the two groups developed when she met Heather.

“We saw an opportunity link the two groups together and give residents and visitors access to some of Harvey’s history,” Dr Hilbers said.

The trail and additional information can now be found at the Harvey Visitor Centre.

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