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Young Elizabeth McMullen

Written by Annie O'Riley ( on December 15, 2014

Elizabeth McMullenYoung Elizabeth McMullen was just 18 years old when she died in 1880. Her father, Patrick, made her grave “stone” from a single plank of timber, carving the words with a chisel and hammer. The McMullen family owned a parcel of land of 147 acres fronting the old Princes Highway (corner of McMullen road). Originally, local cemeteries had many grave markers like this one but white ants, rot and bushfires destroyed most of these family made markers. This fragile piece of history has survived because it was removed from the local cemetery and housed at the Berwick-Pakenham Historical Society and Museum in Pakenham.  Go and see it for yourself! The museum is open every Sunday 2 – 4 pm.