Creswick Cemetery – report

Just a quick blog post this time, but it’s accompanied by a lengthy survey report, which – I am sure – more than makes up for this post’s brevity.

Before I go on: Happy Easter to everyone. I hope you all stay safe and enjoy the long weekend (or holiday, for those lucky enough to get more than the weekend off!).

I have uploaded a copy of the report I wrote for our geophysical survey at the Creswick Cemetery. The survey, of course, sought to detect any unmarked graves in the Cemetery. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), magnetic gradiometry, electrical resistivity, frequency domain electromagnetics (EM or FDEM) – specifically, ground electrical conductivity – and aerial photograph analyses were thrown at this site and have revealed a great deal of information not only regarding the unmarked graves present, but also of the former Sexton’s cottage and natural soil processes, as well as old geological features such as palaeochannels.

This was a very interesting survey and has yielded some fantastic results. We have also learned a great deal regarding the applicability of various geophysical techniques to the detection of specific types of buried features.

The full report can be downloaded from our website. Note that it is a thirty megabyte file, so it may take some time to download.


Best wishes to all for Easter.


Update: fixed report download link – sorry about that!

Merry Christmas!

As Hunter Geophysics draws down for the end of the year (sort of), I would like to wish everyone a happy, relaxing and safe Christmas.

December has been a very busy month for Hunter Geophysics; we have spent the last three weeks at the Creswick Cemetery, conducting ground-penetrating radar, magnetic, electromagnetic, topographic and electrical resistivity surveys in search of unmarked graves (this survey was very successful, but more details in the new year), and in the week following Christmas, we are back into the field again to look for unmarked graves at the Ballangeich Cemetery (just northeast of Warrnambool, Victoria). We have a busy January and February planned as well.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more frequent and detailed updates over the next few weeks.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Dave ‘the grave’ Hunter.

P.S.: Despite our recent and upcoming scheduled works, don’t forget we also provide the same geophysical and GIS services to archaeologists.

Happy birthday!

Today, the 12th of December, is Hunter Geophysics’ birthday. And what a way to start a day:

  • A radio interview with Director David Hunter went to air this morning on ABC National Radio.
  • A second radio interview is going to air this afternoon.
  • Our work at the Creswick Cemetery hit the front cover of today’s issue of The Courier newspaper.
  • Wendy Ohlsen, Secretary of the Creswick Cemetery, will appear on tonight’s WIN (Channel Nine) News to discuss our work at the cemetery over the last seven months.
  • David has been asked to appear on WIN News in the next few weeks.
  • And, finally, David has also been on the phone constantly today with people interested in having Hunter Geophysics look for unmarked graves in their cemeteries.

Oh, and finally, take a look at this ground-penetrating radar depth slice (plan view) of the Creswick Cemetery, hot of the data processing press last night. What fantastic results!

Depth slice of the Creswick Cemetery using GPR data collected by Hunter Geophysics. The long, dark blue rows trending NE-SW are rows of unmarked graves.