A WEEKEND ceremony in Eumungerie recognised the efforts of a small but dedicated group that has worked to restore the historic local cemetery.
Saturday saw a plaque unveiled to celebrate recently-completed works undertaken at the site.
The cemetery, which was dedicated in 1905 and revoked in 1967, consisted of eight separate denominations, and at least seven people were known to be buried in the area, according to Eumungerie Progress Association spokesperson Leo De Kroo.
"Over many years there have been varying attempts to clean up and preserve the area, a pocket here and there, and it is a big area," he said.
"Two years ago we said, 'Right, if we're going to do this we've got to do it properly'.
"So in 2013 the Association committed to work on a 50m x 50m section around the one identifiable grave.
"Although it's not known who's buried in it, the site honours all those who were laid to rest in the Eumungerie Cemetery over the years.
"With our president Les Brookfield really spearheading this project we worked with (Dubbo City Council director community services) David Dwyer.
"He was brilliant. He was able to guide us towards funding and provide information about guidelines we needed to follow, as cemeteries are part of his portfolio."
Mr De Kroo said a local contractor was engaged to help the volunteers clear the land.
Local historian Sandra Smith, who helped research the site, joined Mr Dwyer and local residents at Saturday's ceremony, where Mavis Keir performed the official opening.
"It was a wonderful day, there were about 25 people there, and some of the ladies had family connections to people buried in the cemetery," he said.
"We were able to share some stories at the RSL afterwards.
"Members of the public are encouraged to visit and see for themselves the restoration that has taken place."
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