Hazelwood Cemetery Trust

Various enquiries are often made about the Hazelwood Cemetery for a wide range of reasons.
It could be for family research, or to visit a family or friend’s grave. On occasions, it’s because its location is a mystery, irrespective of it being 140 years old. Basically, give or take a few months, the cemetery is slightly older than Morwell.
Then there’s the intriguing question – whereabouts is Morwell’s cemetery? Morwell never had a cemetery. Its’ cemetery was established as the Hazelwood Cemetery.
The cemetery’s lifetime has seen a massive variety of changes; social trends included.
History has it that the first plastic based on a synthetic polymer was made from phenol and formaldehyde, with the first viable and cheap synthesis methods invented in 1907, by Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a Belgian-born American living in New York state.
Eventually plastic underpinned world-wide economic growth being, at one stage, an acclaimed hallmark of progress.
Now plastic is an enemy – bags, car parts, wrapping, medical supplies, homewares and on it goes [and goes].
Plastic flowers were invented – to replace real flowers.
Plastic flowers are now on the way out.
Therefore, over the coming months, Hazelwood Cemetery Trust will eventually remove all plastic flowers distributed in and about the cemetery. [Wind is a frustrating distributor of plastic flowers.]
This is a forward notice to our community, one with which the Trust knows there will be wide support.