Wynyard – Unmarked baby graves restored by Wynyard Men’s Shed community project

Overgrown graves belonging to babies and young children in a northwest Tasmanian town are being restored by a group of local men.
Members of the Wynyard Men’s Shed have spent several months making wooden crosses and name plates for unmarked graves in the
local cemetery.
The graves belong to stillborn babies and young children who died in the 1920s and 1930s, said Bevan Newman from the Wynyard Historical Society.
“When they buried them it was very simple and that was it and a lot of times the parents weren’t able financially to put a tombstone on and cover the grave,” he said.
"Some of the graves originally had wooden markers", said Brian Randall from the Wynyard Men’s Shed.

By Emily Bryan

Tasmanian Men’s Shed, News from around the State

There are so many big projects under way that I cannot possibly prepare a detailed report on each. I will make some brief comments for this edition and ask that sheds provide me with an article and photos for future editions. This news seems to focus on shed building projects, but in the future I look forward to receiving articles on the full range of activities being undertaken, such as the great job the Wynyard shed is doing with unmarked graves of children. 

So for this first edition, here is a quick whip around of what is happening in sheds around Tassie.
Bicheno – has secured funding from Tas Community Fund (TCF) and added to what has been raised locally, they will be able to commence building soon. A large block of land has been leased from the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

New Norfolk – all issues relating to building ownership have been resolved and the rejuvenated shed was opened on 20 June.

Bruny Island – has been successful in gaining Tas Community Funds to construct a new shed. Land has been provided by the Kingborough Council next to the Council Depot at Alonnah.

Longford – extension to shed has been completed. This provides an excellent social area adjoining the workshops.

East Tamar – has been successful in gaining possession of the building that was previously the Dilston Fire Station and have secured a long term lease from the Launceston City Council.

Howrah – a new shed has been constructed as a result of TCF and Clarence Council funding and local fund raising. The shed is due to open in November. 

Coles Bay – opened their new shed almost 12 months ago and now have a strong membership of over 20 members.

Clarence Plains – A TCF grant will enable the development of an extension to the existing building.

Dover – an extension to the old fire station occupied by the shed has recently been completed. This has been funded by a grant from the Premier.

Port Sorell – has almost completed their excellent new shed. Again, funding from the TCF has been the main financial contributor to the project. The shed is due to open soon.

• Dog House shed at Geeveston recently completed a small extension to their shed.

Queenstown is in discussions with the West Coast Council and the State Government about a new building.

Spring Bay Community Boat Shed has had a 32 foot motorsailer donated to them.

Message from Guy Barnett

Welcome to the first TMSA Newsletter.

Men’s sheds play an important role in our communities and provide a supportive environment where men form friendships, learn skills and help the local community.

I am pleased to support our Men’s Sheds in my role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.

Men’s sheds are welcome to contact my office on (03) 6165 7751 with any queries.

Guy Barnett MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier