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Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park is a historical landmark in Mount Gambier; established in honour of the memory of the more than 600 pioneers who are buried here.

It was also the first official cemetery of Mount Gambier.

Pioneer Park First Cemetery History, Statues & Gardens Map, Mount Gambier

During 1854 to 1913, the old cemetery served as the main place of internment for Mount Gambier’s residents as well as those from nearby districts. But by 1939, the Pioneer Park was declared as a state parkland by the local government.

Headstones were transferred to the Old Council Depot so that they could be replaced using a dome-shaped memorial made out of dolomite. Though the design already received approval, the council instead used the obelisk design that you see in the park today. It is sad news that the original headstones were never used, causing them to lose significant heritage elements from the time.

Today, Pioneer Park is a must-visit for visitors who want to learn more about the town’s local history. It is the site of several pivotal moments in history, which you can read about in the plaques.

During certain times of the year, events are held in and around Pioneer Park as well.

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