Hume Council chief executive and Sunbury Cemetery Trust secretary Domenic Isola said a rotunda and memorial plaques would be unveiled at a public ceremony at 2pm on October 28 l to recognise Sunbury Asylum patients buried in unmarked graves at Sunbury Cemetery.

“The trust, after input from the Sunbury Family History Society Incorporated and the Sunbury and District Heritage Association, has now confirmed the list of names to be included on the memorial plaques recognising the Sunbury Asylum residents buried within the cemetery,” Mr Isola said.

The memorial for 1894 Sunbury Asylum residents buried in unmarked graves was promised by the council in April 2008 after the Leader’s Marking Lost Lives campaign for a permanent memorial, but has been delayed several times.

2Sunbury and District Heritage Association president and Friends of Sunbury Cemetery member Veronica Burgess said the memorial would be “absolutely fantastic and long overdue”.

Ms Burgess checked each of the 1894 names of asylum residents buried in unmarked graves against birth and death records to confirm the spellings.

Mr Isola said the stainless-steel plaques for the memorial would now be manufactured and more details about the ceremony would be announced soon.

He said that, apart from acknowledging the dead, it would be a great chance for people to see the recent works done at the cemetery.

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Loretta Duignan at the site of many unmarked graves.

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'Lost lives' from Sunbury past soon for recognition