It seems sacrilegious, and disrespectful of our ancestors and our history, but cemeteries in Sydney have closed, and the interred 'moved' on a number of occasions. My first image today, is one of the few images available (courtesy of NSW State Records) of the Devonshire Sandhills Cemetery. What the pedestrians are walking along here is Devonshire Street, which is now replaced by the Devonshire Street Tunnel beneath Central Railway Station. The view is to the NW, with the steeple of St Laurence on the left, and the turrett from the old Anthony Hordern warehouse in the mid-distance. Here is an 1895 interactive map of the area, with the camera positioned about the 'v' in Devonshire pointing to the NW. It did my head in trying to work out what was now on this very site, but it is all the country and city platforms of Central, which were opened in 1906 (with the recently-refurbished clock tower added in 1924).
The image below was taken at St Stephen's graveyard in Newtown, aka Camperdown Cemetery. Chiselled into one post is the inscription:
These gate posts erected prior to 1830 at the old Devonshire St CemeteryThis was after Camperdown Cemetery underwent its own cosmetic surgery from a cemetery to a 'memorial peace park' with the headstones brought within the 'protection' of the churchyard.
Removed 1901 and erected Camperdown Cemetery 1946
Devonshire Sandhills Cemetery opened about 1819, just prior to the Old Burial Ground on the future Town Hall site in George Street closing. Remains and headstones were moved the mile or so down to Devonshire Street. When construction of Central Station commenced at the turn of the century, remains and headstones from Devonshire Street were scattered to other cemeteries across Sydney. I have seen headstones from Devonshire Street in Gore Hill Cemetery, many in Rookwood Cemetery, and in Waverley Cemetery. The two-image set below, is a monument moved from Devonshire Street to St Jude's graveyard in Randwick. The inscription reads:
Reinterred after removal from Devonshire Street Cemetery, the mortal remains ofOther remains rest beneath the same monument, but I cannot be sure they were transferred from Devonshire Street.
Lieutenant and Quartermaster of H.M. 46th Regiment.
Down in Botany Cemetery (Eastern Suburbs Memorial Rest Park!) there is a 'Pioneers' Park' of headstones removed from Devonshire Street. It does not specifically say that the remains were reinterred, so I think they simply retrieved the unclaimed monuments. The bodies that were reinterred were done so by descendents, who were given financial assistance by the government of the day. Go down to Botany and have a look, but take a packed-lunch, and be dedicated.
|This is my contribution to the Taphophile Tragics community.|