Preserving history: Funding for Little Hartley’s Moyne Farm Cemetery

A painting of the historic Moyne Farm by Yvonne Jenkins, courtesy of Francis Owens writer of the blog A Rebel Hand.
A painting of the historic Moyne Farm by Yvonne Jenkins, courtesy of Francis Owens writer of the blog A Rebel Hand.

The historic Moyne Farm Cemetery at Little Hartley near Lithgow will be preserved and made accessible to the public with help from a grant of $80,000 from the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me Program.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the project would enhance public appreciation of the historic cemetery.

“Moyne Farm was believed to be the first farm house built over the mountains and the cemetery contains several graves dating from the 1830s,” Mr Toole said.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole at the historic Moyne Farm Cemetery at Little
Hartley. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole at the historic Moyne Farm Cemetery at Little Hartley. Picture: SUPPLIED.

“This project will see the cemetery undergoing work including monument repairs, fencing, development of a conservation management strategy and, in conjunction with the Lithgow Branch of the National Trust, a plan for ongoing public access and interpretation of the cemetery.

“The project will also use ground penetrating radar to determine the number of burials onsite.”

Mr Toole said this funding is from the Heritage Near Me program’s Local Heritage Strategic Project grants, which aims to support local communities to enhance and protect their local heritage assets.

The grants are awarded to owners and managers of local heritage items and community groups.

For more information on the Heritage Near Me Program, including available grants visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage-near-me