Colac Cemetery burials

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We have just added 12,211 entries to the Geelong & District Database – these are burials in Colac Cemetery [extracted from the headstones].

We have to thank Ian Marr for permission to include these entries in the Geelong & District Database – for anyone who hasn’t looked at Ian Marr’s Cemeteries of South Western Victoria then you are missing an amazing project.

You won’t find the entries in Ian’s on-line Surname Index because there are just too many – 12,211 entries and and more than 7,000 headstone photographs for the Colac Cemetery.  For the very large cemeteries in the region, they are included on the CD / DVD / USB instead of on-line – making sure that people can still search the thousands of other entries at all the smaller Cemeteries.

Ian has priced the complete set of cemeteries at an extremely affordable price and no-one should criticise him for trying to recoup some of the costs [including petrol] that he has expended over the years.  Congratulations Ian – a really fantastic job – and he’s still going!

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  1. Julie

    Looks a great facility. Researching ELLIS who migrated to Geelong in 1854 from Elstead Surrey England.

    Any chance of adding a tweet button under the share section?

  2. Jamie Westwick

    Hi , I have a lot of family in Colac Cemetary , Westwick’s , Fisk’s , a few years ago I buried my Grandad Keith Thomas Fisk there but the last time I visited I couldn’t find him , could you please give my some guideance to his whereabouts in the cemetary , I think I should have had him put into his family plot then I could find him 🙂

    • Linda Fisk

      Hi Jamie, My name is Linda Fisk from Apollo Bay. l am doing a family tree & l recall Keith (if it is the same one) coming down to the Bay a lot of times. l think he was my dads (Robert Thomas Fisk)cousin.

  3. Carmel

    Suzie I am trying to find a man who is supposed to be buried at Colac. He died late 70s and his wife died early 50s. He was supposed to be John Jack and his wife Edith. Not on the headstone list, do you know where I can ask about those without headstones. Cannot find him in the index either so wondering if the name is right!

    • Susie Zada

      Hi Carmel,
      Does “supposed to be buried” and “supposed to be John Jack” mean that you have the death certificate to confirm this information? Is Jack the surname – i.e. John JACK and Edith JACK? There are probably as many people buried in cemeteries as appear on headstones so just because they’re not on the headstone index doesn’t mean they aren’t buried there. And if that’s the case, you do what you would do for any cemetery – contact the cemeteries trust. The details are all on the Geelong and Districts Cemeteries page as provided on the previous comment …
      Hope that helps …….. Susie Z. P.S. It’s Susie, not Suzie! 🙂

      • Carmel

        Thanks Suzie, I do not have anything for him, cannot find the death in the index but mums cousin lived with him and her daughter says he was def buried there, I was aware that the headstones do not cover it all. I will try the cemetery trust.

  4. David Henderson

    Susie my name is David Henderson and my great Grandfather Walter Clark is buried in the Colac Cemetry.I had a look around today but couldn’t see it he died in 1941.I’m not certain about his wife as to whether they are buried in the same plot

    • Susie Zada

      Hi David, I’ve just checked and unfortunately the link on the GnD Database and web site are broken – Ian was one of those who had to change after Vicnet limited the sites they supported. I’ve now fixed both and as soon as I’ve finished this I’ll also update the link in the blog above. Colac Cemetery is not online – only on Ian’s DVD and I can endorse first-hand the value of Ian’s DVD – worth every cent and more. I can also confirm that the DVD includes a photo of Walter CLARK’s headstone which includes his wife Jane – as I said, worth every cent!

  5. Daniella Maloney

    Hi Susie, I am looking for a John Maloney b.1834 d.1886 in Colac and his wife Catherine Maloney (nee. McCoy) who died in Colac in 1918. I can’t find them in the database. Have all the headstones been listed?
    Kind Regards
    Daniella Maloney

    • Susie Zada

      Hi Daniella, Generally you will find more than 50% of burials have no headstones and there would not be in the current list based on headstones. What does the death certificate say for place of burial? If it is definitely Colac then you either need to wait until the Colac burials are added to the Geelong Cemeteries Trust database or try contacting the Colac & District Family History Group to see if they have details. I know they’re working on a project to identify a number of known burials that aren’t recorded in the Burial Register.

  6. Margaret Otto

    Hello Susie,

    I’m looking for Charles Pedler McIntosh, d. 28 February 1925 and his wife, Agnes Marshall d. 3 April 1927. They are buried in Colac. I believe Charles was a bank manager. That’s all I know.

    I was wondering if there was a headstone, what does it say? They had one child, John (Jack) McIntosh who was buried there on 4 September 1933, aged 19.

    Many thanks.

    Maggie Otto

  7. Susie Zada

    Hi Margaret – I have absolutely nothing to do with the Colac & District Cemetery so I can’t possibly answer your question. You would need to contact an appropriate society to do the research for you if you’re not able to do so. For example, the Colac & District Family History Group – contact them for details on their Research Service.

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