The Corop Cemetery is located approximately five kilometres west of Corop along the Midland Highway and situated in a tranquil bushland setting.
Established in 1870, the Corop Cemetery and its surrounds are well worth a visit for both its history and its natural beauty.
The first burial in the Cemetery dates back to 1870. The records from 1870–1903 were destroyed in a fire and the records in the “register of burials” are not completely accurate. In the past there have been long periods when the management of the Cemetery was in the hands of the Waranga Shire and following council amalgamations the Campaspe Shire.
Corop Cementery Trust
Whe the Corop Cementery was being managed local government there was a general misconception that it was closed to burials and only the insistence of families saw internments take place.
During this time the Corop community would hold occasional working bees to tidy up the cementery grounds. Then with community desire to see the Corop Cementery maintained in good condition a public meeting was held in 1999. Subsequently the Cemetery Trust was formed gazetted by the Victoria Government.
Since its formation, the Trust has engendered renewed interest in the Corop cemetery both by local residents becoming more aware of their local history and by former residents spread across Australia who have retained or renewed their links with the area.
The current Trust is very proud of what has been achieved in recent years by volunteers from the Corop Community. Regular working bees are held to keep the areas around the graves mown, growth from around graves removed, noxious weeds and vermin controlled and the foundations of many sunken older graves have been repaired.
It is the intention of the Trust that the Corop Cemetery will always remain a “bush” cemetery and not a manicured reserve.
Corop Cemetery Trust Secretary & Treasurer
72 Bonn Road
Rochester Victoria 3561
Telephone: 03 5484 1070
The cemetery contains a valuable remnant diversity of local native plants. A visit, in spring, when the wildflowers are out is most worthwhile.
The site has been recognised as a very high quality habitat site by the Campaspe Shire Remnant Vegetation Survey (2000).
The Corop Cemetery has a diverse mix of Grey Box woodland and grassland species. In total 75 species occur on site with four rare and threatened species:
Corkscrew Spear Grass
Other species observed include: Chocolate lilies, Bluebells, Egg and Bacon pea plants, Dwarf Bluebush, Clustered Everlasting Daisies, Creamy Candles, Golden and Gold Dust Wattles, Weeping Pittosporum, Goodenia, Flax Lillies, mat rushes and up to 12 different species of Wallaby, Spear and Tussock grasses.
View Natural History: Flora for further information about flora in the Corop region.