Maintenance and preservation of Castlereagh’s historic grave site have been solidified, with ownership officially being transferred to Penrith City Council. Recognised as one of the oldest undisturbed graveyards in Australia, the Castlereagh Cemetery houses the final resting place of many early pioneers and members of the First Fleet.
This may be a little Off Topic, but it's too good not to share; the British Library has digitized and placed on line "The Lytille Childrenes Lytil Boke, a medieval conduct book".
Explore the theme of death and memory.
Get closer to the British Museum's collection and immerse yourself in two million years of history, across six continents.
Here's a website containing a gallery of early Sydney photos. I'm sure some of you will find them interesting
Emma Busowsky Cox is a curator and writer with specialisation in Australian art, exhibitions, collections and museums. Currently she is the Curator, City History and Collections at Bendigo Art Gallery.
She writes in the Bendigo Advertiser about early deaths in the Victorian Gold Fields around Bendigo, and the emergence of government regulations on burial grounds, which will be the focus of an exhibition at the Gallery in 2019:
The Port Stephens Examiner reports that a light will be shone on the lives and deaths of the 120 people known to be buried in the Port's oldest cemetery, at Birubi Point, in a new book by the Tomaree Family History Group.
In land-scarce Singapore where taller columbaria have replaced cemeteries that used to take up large tracts of land, the University of Liverpool’s Terence Heng writes for Channel News Asiato discuss if we’ve lost something in the process.
The public is invited to come and see the conservation work and innovative signage information completed in 2017 at the Historic Corunna Cemetery.
Invited guests include Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes and councillors, the Uniting Church Parish Council, staff of Heritage Near Me from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, which provided most of the funding for this work.
The committee is very proud of the work completed and is keen to show it off to as many people as possible, spokesman Harry Bate told the Narooma News.
“Come along and see the results of the work of the volunteer committee on this project,” Mr Bate said.
“Time is 11am, Thursday, April 5, at the cemetery, which is on the Old Highway, just 2km north of Tilba Winery.
“The committee looks forward to welcoming as many as can come.”
Eurobodalla Shire is a CCANSW member
The Uniting Church in Australia is a CCANSW member
Source: Narooma News
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council deputy mayor Lisa Intemann An easy-to-use book provides a guide to cemeteries across the local government area. Port Macquarie-Hastings Cemetery Trail is Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society’s latest publication.
Alice Springs Town Council has released a Draft Alice Springs General Cemetery Conservation and Management Plan for community consultation,active until 5pm 15 November 2019.
The Goulburn Post (NSW, AU) tells us that the oldest cemeteries in Goulburn sit in disrepair and neglect - fallen headstones, weeds and an all consuming layer of mould and moss cover the graves. A group of history buffs, known as The Friends of Goulburn's Historic Cemeteries, banded together last August to fix the problem.
Be advised the opening of applications for two of the Heritage Near Me grant streams, which will see nearly $5 million available in the next financial year for local heritage projects.
The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program grants are being offered for the first time, while the Heritage Activation Grant Program has opened round 2.
We hear that since 1 July 2019, Heritage NSW has been part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. We are located in the Community Engagement Division under Kate Foy, Deputy Secretary, alongside Aboriginal Affairs, Create NSW and Employee Relations.
The ABC online reports how a small community near Goulburn NSW persuaded the State Government to resume land containing a historic cemetery and sell it back to them for $1, meaning the cemetery is now safe in perpetuity.
Goulburn MP Pru Goward said the council had agreed to waive the rates bill of about $1,500.
The General Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Melbourne, Vic, AU) announced it will be reinstating approximately 300 headstones to their original sites at Coburg Cemetery as part of a project to preserve the legacy of those interred at the historic cemetery.
The ABC (AU) reportshow a woman, renovating her house in Murwillumbah, far-northern New South Wales, noticed something strange after pulling down a wall.
She found crosses with names, dates and gold lettering.
The so-called ‘Magnificent Seven’, which includes Highgate Cemetery, were built on the outskirts of the capital in the mid-19th century as burial spaces moved away from the city centre. But many were neglected during the 1900s as they became overgrown and deteriorated, while the families of those buried there moved away, forcing some to shut their gates. Becky Barrett, Historic England’s Principal Adviser for Heritage at Risk London, told the Standard that the future of the Magnificent Seven looks brighter today than it has done, but stressed that public support is still vital.
Melbourne's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has an interactive "then and now" photo display on it's website.
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