Answers sought to Wagga cemetery's monument mystery

Mystery: Council volunteer Liz Westcombe has been documenting the graves in Wagga for more than a decade but the riddle of one resting place has her stumped.

Mystery: Council volunteer Liz Westcombe has been documenting the graves in Wagga for more than a decade but the riddle of one resting place has her stumped.

History hunters are determined to solve the mystery of a cemetery monument, centuries old. 

Erected in the 1870’s, one of Wagga’s oldest and once prestigious tombstones stands unnamed, its markings worn away over time. 

Wagga council volunteer Liz Westcombe believes a Riverina resident may know the answer to who rests below. 

The tall sandstone structure can be found in the middle of the cemetery, surrounded by a white fence with six panels.

It is thought each panel may represent members of one family. 

Council director Caroline Angel is urging anyone with information to call Council on 1300 292 442.

“Because of the size of the monument we think it may have been erected for someone that was wealthy and prominent,” Ms Angel said.

“The work that these volunteers do is invaluable to the community and without them so much of our history could be lost.”