Overland Corner National Trust Cemetery
William Brand, the first licencee of the Overland Corner Hotel, died at Overland Corner in July 1902 aged 67 years and he and his wife Martha are buried in the tiny cemetery above the old Post Office. There were ten children of the marriage.
There are many unmarked graves in the vicinity of the old cemetery as well. The two main causes of death were the River and the Overland Corner-Wentworth track. The mail coach drivers would from time to time report to the Police the discovery of bodies along the track. The cause of death was usually thirst or dysentery. More often than not no-one knew who it was that had died. If the person was known the body was brought into Overland Corner.
It has been recalled that William Brand used to take the doors off the hotel to make coffins on such occasions. This led to a lot of inconvenience since it would be several months before a supply of suitable wood could be obtained for replacement doors.
SHAW, Francis D