Blink, and you’ll miss the little town of Brentwood – so you’ve got almost NO chance of finding the Brentwood cemetery without local assistance!
Don’t look at me – I’m not going to tell you exactly where it is!
But I’m not exactly going to hide it either. After all, it IS mentioned in official Yorke Peninsula Tourist information brochures, so it’s not a total secret!
For a start, it’s not actually in Brentwood. But Brentwood is at the junction of 5 peninsula roads – so you’ve got only a 20% chance of picking the right one. On the off chance you DO get it right, you’ve still got an uphill battle ahead of you. There’s no sign. It’s off the road. And it’s on private property.
But I’m getting ahead of myself! First things first – so why is Brentwood Cemetery worth hunting down?
Well firstly, for the incredible spring wildflower display – the reason it’s mentioned in the tourist information. Along with the prolific and spectacular display of freesias, there are several different orchid varieties – one of the reasons the exact location isn’t widely publicised!
Secondly, the cemetery is a fascinating slice of Yorke Peninsula history and heritage. According to Leon V Davey’s excellent and informative 2000 guide, available from the Yorketown Historical Society, the cemetery was granted in 1878, with the most recent burial in 1973. Many well known Yorke Peninsula families are represented here, with further historical and genealogical information about relatives of the deceased in the guide. Intriguing headstones give glimpses into times gone by, family relationships and early settler life – and unmarked graves a puzzle with a few clues such as size and proximity to other graves.
And if any more reason is needed, hunting it down means paying a visit to ‘Harvest Corner’, the excellent Visitor Information Centre in nearby Minlaton to ask for directions. Your visit to Minlaton need not go unrewarded – handmade chocs from the Chocolaterie next door, and a magnificent bakery across the road make it even more attractive!