Mersey Vale Memorial Park

Historical and heritage value

In 1968 Devonport, Latrobe and Kentish Councils entered into a three way agreement to jointly establish and operate a central lawn cemetery for the people of the three municipalities. This was a forty year agreement which included the establishment of the cemetery on land in Quoiba which was purchased by the three Council’s from the estate of William Henry Constable for the sum of $24,000. Devonport City Council operated and administered the Lawn Cemetery for the life of the agreement on behalf of the three Councils. At the end of the agreement Devonport Council took over the sole role of operation and administration of the cemetery

Mersey Vale Memorial Park is the burial place for Joseph Lyons, former teacher, Tasmanian Treasurer, Premier of Tasmania and Prime Minister of Australia who died in office in 1939. His wife, Dame Enid Lyons, former trainee teacher, mother of eleven children, went on to become the first female member of the House of Representatives and first woman in a Federal Cabinet. From 1916 the couple lived with their extended family at Home Hill in Devonport.

 Status  Open for burial and ash interments
Local/State/National significance National significance (Former Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and Dame Enid Lyons grave located at the site
Title details/Lot No/Site Characteristics  25.64 hectares

North boundary length – 860m

East boundary length – 330m

South boundary length – 720m

 Address  29-31 Stony Rise Road, Quoiba
 Public Open Space classification  Formal Parkland
 Cemetery type  Lawn Cemetery
 First recorded burial  2 March 1968 – Joy Jago
 Number of recorded burials  Unknown – difficult to ascertain due to missing and deterioration of plaques
 Number of reservations  568 reservations
 Denominations  Various

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