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VIDEO: An Australian Bush Cemetery.

A venture deep into the Great Dividing Range of New South Wales to visit a tiny Pioneer Bush Cemetery which served a gold and silver mining community. The town was wiped out in the bushfires of 1939 and was never rebuilt. It is a poignant reminder of the harsh conditions faced by our hardy pioneers in the late 19th Century.

New York's Hart Island (Potters Field) Cemetery

Hart Island contains New York City's 131-acre (0.53 km2) potter's field, or public cemetery. The potter's field is variously described as the largest tax-funded cemetery in the United States, the largest-such in the world, and one of the largest mass graves in the United States. At least 850,000 have been buried on the island, though since the 2000s, the burial rate has declined to fewer than 1,500 a year.[ One-third of annual burials are infants and stillborn babies, which has been reduced from a proportion of one-half since the Children's Health Insurance Program began to cover all pregnant women in New York State in 1997. According to a 2006 New York Times article, there had been 1,419 burials at the potter's field during the previous year: of these, 826 were adults, 546 were infants and stillborn babies, and 47 were dismembered body parts.

Ramahyuck Cemetery Perry Bridge, Australia

In the 1860s Presbyterians set up a mission on the Avon River near Lake Wellington, Victoria, Australia. The area was known as  Ramahyuck, populated by the Gunaikurnai people. The missionaries set about  encouraging the Gunaikurnai to give up their freedom and culture for (as the Europeans saw it) protection, food and Christianity. The process was authoritarian and did not allow any tribal customs or ceremonies. Today all that remains of the mission is the Ramahyuck Cemetery, but a sense of what was can be had by exploring the Bataluk Cultural Trail.

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