On our way back down the hill from the Sawpit camping area yesterday, we stopped at the Narrawong Cemetery, where there are some beautiful historic graves.
The rural setting is beautiful and tranquil, and I can’t help thinking it is a lovely spot to be laid to rest.
It’s easy to see who were the founding and/or prominent families of the area, simply by observing the number of very old headstones bearing the same surname.
Separate from the other graves and marked by an obelisk rather than a headstone is the grave of William Dutton, who built the first house in Portland in 1828. Portland, now only about fifteen minutes’ drive away from Narrawong and the main city in the region, is the oldest European permanent settlement in Victoria.
Dutton died in Narrawong in 1878 at the age of 67, having made a name for himself as a master mariner, sealer, whaler and farmer.
William Dutton: Australian Dictionary of Biography
Portland: A Short History