Vincent Gercovich born 1839 in Dalmatia Croatia migrated to Victoria
in the 1850’s and and married Winifred Bennet in Ballarat at
St.Alipius church (where the Croatian community in Ballarat today
celebrate Croatian mass) 13th February 1867.
They had 12 children ,between 1867 -1888.
He worked in the mines first and later
operated the Smythesdale toll gate.
Vincent Gercovich died on the 19th August 1900,
and is buried in the Ballarat new cemetary.
His wife was later buried along side him.
Winifred Gercovich was buried on the 13th December 1928 and
was 76 yers of age .
DR. JOZO METER AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA IN AUSTRALIA 1999
UNVAILS GERCOVICH HEADSTONE MONUMENT, AT BALLARAT NEW CEMETARY.
Cemetary tours are conducted at Ballarat cemetary for tourists
who visit this historic goldmining town,and the Gercovich Croatian monument
is a feature of the tour.
Now people from all over the world that visit
Ballarat,Melbourne,and Australia, can see that Croatians played an
important part in contributing to the early history of Australia.
Vincent Gercovich is listed as a pioneer of Victoria Australia.