In preparing today’s Ancestry updates post, I noticed a new collection at ancestry:
Victoria, Australia, Cemetery Records and Headstone Transcriptions, 1844-1997
I wanted to see exactly what was in this collection, and found it contains the headstone transcriptions, for:
Boroondara Cemetery Kew
St Kilda Cemetery
This website also has records from the Melbourne General Cemetery.
Although most of these cemeteries are already included on the GMCT (Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) and the SMCT (Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) websites, these headstone transcriptions can provide additional information, including relationships.
For example, the SMCT website only shows that Henry Hooton was buried at St Kilda Cemetery, Baptist, Compartment C, Grave 204, and the date of service was 25 December 1920.
The Headstone Transcription provided the following information for his family:
My wife Emma HOOTON D. 8 May 1907 “ 68
& son Herbert S. D. 24 Dec 1878 “ 5
Also Henry HOOTON, husband & father of above D. 23 Dec 1920 “ 82
A colonist of 81 years
(Henry Hooton was the brother of Eliza Hooton, who married Thomas Laver. Thomas and Eliza were my children’s 3x great grandparents).