Mildura’s earliest cemetery, the Mildura Homestead Cemetery actually consists of two adjacent graveyards, and includes graves of some early pioneers and several members of the Chaffey family.
Start with a stroll around the beautiful Old Mildura Station Homestead at 278A Cureton Avenue, and then walk 200 metres downstream to find the Cemetery . Or start your walk from Rio Vista house and enjoy the beautiful homes situated along the river. When you reach the cemetery you will notice a magnificent granite monument. WB Chaffey erected this monument to honour his first wife Hattie who died shortly after giving birth to their fifth child. It now bears the names of those who died after her. Interestingly, both of WB Chaffey's wives were called Hattie Schell. The second Mrs Chaffey, niece to the first, was sometimes referred to as Hattie (Heather)to distinguish her. The small grave marked 'A.W'. stands for Arthur Waddington, son of the Chaffey's Forman. This is a must visit.
The Rio Vista is Spanish for River View and was completed in 1892.
This walks leaves the grounds of Rio Vista and enters Cureton Ave. Along this walk is a look out to view the majestic Murray River.
The building on this site is a re-creation of The Old Mildura Station Homestead which was built around 1850.
The Homestead garden later inspired George Chaffey to select Mildura as the site for his irrigation colony.
The Mildura Homestead Cemetery actually consists of two adjacent graves. One solitary grave stood in the Homestead Cemetery in Mildura, for nearly 40 years.
Just sit and relax in the quietness of this place as you journey back in time and feel the presence of our historians.
WB Chaffey erected this magnificent monument to honour his young wife. His wife Hattie was spoken of with affection and was well respected for her acts of kindness.