Family History Group author Marilynne Cullen at Birubi Point cemetery, which is the focus of a new book that was approved for a council grant. Pictures: Ellie-Marie Watts

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.

The book, called Birubi Cemetery, has been six years in the making and is the first solo project by the group's secretary, Marilynne Cullen, who said it was a way to "honour these remarkable people".

"There's no true record of who is buried here. That needed to be righted," Ms Cullen said.

Ms Cullen was involved in research and writing a 2010 book by the history group about the pioneers of Port Stephens.

It was while researching the pioneer families, those who lived in and shaped Port Stephens in the early 1800s to 1900s, that Ms Cullen realised there was a gap in information about where many were buried.

Her focus then turned on to the Birubi Point Historical Cemetery, which originally belonged to the Worimi people pre-1788.

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