A TOUR OF THE WESLEYAN
CEMETERY McGRATHS HILL
This Page contains:
|Also contains a numbered map of grave sites identified during this survey, plus a chronological listing of internments for same.
|History of cemetery, interesting events, people & internments.
|Useful links for further reading & research..
|List of references used in the construction of this site.
|Photographs taken of Cemetery, Headstones & Monuments during this survey.
|pt Portion 249 Parish of Pitt town
|Charles Street McGraths Hill, NSW (specifically the corner of High and Charles Streets.
|Hawkesbury City Council
|Local Environmental Plan
|18 Dec 1989
|CONSERVATION or MANAGEMENT PLAN?
|HERITAGE DATABASE No.
|DATE OF THIS SURVEY
The inscription for BEVERIDGE Jane Ann d. 27 June 1850, is possibly also
memorial inscription. Again it is dated a full month before the Trustees met to
consider the "priority" of purchasing ground. Secondly the inscription for the
Father, John appears first yet he died in 1867, seventeen years later followed by
the inscription for her mother d. 1887, thirty years later. Alternatively the dates
her birth and death could have been transposed incorrectly, (they are now so
on the headstone to be indecipherable) and could just as easily be b. 1856 & d.
The first internment at this cemetery then, supported by the following
evidence appears to be that of, CAVANOUGH Rebecca, d. 25 April 1851
6 days. Mr. Cavanough was listed in the Trust Minutes 24 November 1851 as
having paid one pound to the trust, (see 4.3 Notes) (which
was six shillings short of the amount set by the trust at their July 1850 meeting
a single grave, head and foot stone) (see 4.2 Notes) one of
first four payments recorded in the minutes, (the others being Alderson,
This cemetery has very few trees and very meagre fencing. It is on top of a Hill
only protected from the weather by a thin line of bushes and totally
unprotected from acts of vandalism, yet has managed to survive
in relatively good condition. As can be seen from the map however there are
large areas missing monumentation. From overlaying the years on the plot map
it appears the earlier graves were concentrated on the left hand side of the
central path, closest to the central path in the first five rows.
Please email.... Chris with comments and corrections.
© Christine Caswell-Miller....