Cemetery Master List

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Cemetery Master List



WHAT IS THE CEMETERIES MASTER LIST?
In 1981, the National Trust of Australia (NSW) set a goal to record all known burial sites in NSW. Our aim was to identify, document and assess the significance of over 4000 burial places and to understand and record their historical and cultural value for the community, indeed for the nation, and to promote their conservation.

Approximately 2500 records later, the project reflects the efforts of National Trust staff and volunteers, and the help of countless members of the community. As a not for profit, non-government funded, community based heritage organisation, the Trust makes many significant contributions to New South Wales. The Master List is just one such result. The project is approximately 50% complete, but the Master List includes the great majority of General and Church cemeteries in the State.


The National Trust of Australia (NSW) Cemeteries Master List is a database of New South Wales cemeteries which are accessible to the public, including general cemeteries and church cemeteries. The Master List does not contain family cemeteries or lone graves as these are generally found on private property. Information about family cemeteries and lone graves can be received by contacting the National Trust on (02) 9258 0123.

Information about all burial sites located by the National Trust is held in our archives at the National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney, and can be accessed by appointment (a research fee applies click here for details). Copies of Classification Cards and other information about burial sites the National Trust has compiled, can also be posted out for the fees listed below.

Copies of Classification Cards are available from the National Trust (NSW) for a fee:

Non-National Trust members - $25
National Trust members - $12.50

Data on sites which have been surveyed by the Cemeteries Committee but are not classified may also be made available for a copying fee.

The money raised from the sale of these classification cards helps the National Trust to continue conserving our natural, built and cultural heritage.

The Master List is continually evolving and will be updated on a regular basis, with more information, including addresses, being added in the future. As a charity, the National Trust has limited resources. The majority of our cemetery records are paper based and compiling information electronically from these sources can take time. We thank you for your patience.



HOW DO I SEARCH THE CEMETERIES MASTER LIST?
The Cemeteries Master List is a database which can be searched but not altered.
The fields represented are:

Local Government Area (LGA) – This may have been the LGA the cemetery was in when it was listed. LGA boundaries and names change on a regular basis and we may not have updated the LGA name at the time of your search. A key of the LGA abbreviations is included on this website.
Locality - The suburb/ village/town/area near where it is located. The name is a place recognized by the NSW Geographical Names Board and may differ from the cemetery or place name.
Item – The name of the cemetery. Some cemeteries have been known by more than one name during its history. If you cannot find the cemetery by its name, try searching under address or locality.
Region – The National Trust has divided NSW into regions – Sydney Metropolitan, North Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, South East, New England, Central West, Orana, Riverina, Murray, and Far West. This gives a general idea of what area of NSW the cemetery is located in.
Cemetery Type – This explains what type of cemetery it is.
General Cemeteries are areas of land set aside by government bodies for the use as burial grounds. They are divided into areas for different religions. Church Cemeteries is the term used for any cemetery for a specific religion, whether it is located near a place of worship or not. Converted cemeteries have had monuments moved, often completely removed from the site, or with selected headstones placed in rows or built into walls. Cemeteries were sometimes converted into parks. Revoked means that this was land set aside to be used as a cemetery, and later had its reservation as a cemetery revoked. While some cemeteries have been used for many years before being revoked, in some cases the land may never have been used for burials.


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WHAT ARE NATIONAL TRUST CEMETERY SURVEYS?
Staff and volunteers of The National Trust (NSW) undertake field trips to record information about the cemeteries there. This is called a cemetery survey.

Surveys involve many kinds of burial places across the state of New South Wales and range in topography, age and size e.g. the large Rookwood Necropolis to a lone grave on a country property.


Each survey involves:
  • Gathering evidence found on site with photographs, drawings, maps and text. This includes looking at the materials, relics, vegetation, epitaphs, landform, topographic setting, threats to site, condition of site, monument forms, fences, access and the general layout;
  • Analysis of historic parish maps, photos and other historical sources;
  • Interpretation of the existing cultural and natural landscape in relation to historic documents, maps and oral histories;
  • Liaison with members of the local community, especially historical and family history societies and owners of cemeteries;
  • Assessing the heritage significance of each cemetery;
  • Preparing a comprehensive index card of the cemetery for archiving and/or prepare a classification card for inclusion on the National Trust Register.
The survey information includes cemetery management advice and recommendations and is available to local governments and the public.


WHAT IF I KNOW A CEMETERY THAT IS NOT ON THE LIST?
The National Trust is always pleased to know of cemeteries which they have not yet identified. It is important to us to locate all cemeteries within NSW and have records of them on our register. If you know of a cemetery which is not on our list you can send us the basic information about the site –
  • Name – including past names the cemetery was known by.
  • Address – the street address of the cemetery, or a description of how to find it from a landmark in the nearest town/village. Sometimes a sketch or a map can help us locate it on future surveys.
  • Locality – the name of the nearest town/ suburb/ village.
  • The Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Region – The area of NSW the cemetery is located in, this can help avoid confusion with localities of the same name in different areas of the state.
  • Type – What kind of cemetery is it? General, Church, Family, Lone Grave, etc.

Or if you have more information about the cemetery you can fill out a Draft Cemetery Index Card. Blank Draft Cemetery Index cards, and information on how to fill them out, can be downloaded from the cemeteries section of this website.

The Master List does not include family cemeteries and lone graves, although the National Trust has information on many or most of these. If you have information on one or more such sites, please call us on (02) 9258 0123. Filling of the gaps in our information is largely dependant on the assistance of interested people throughout NSW.



WHAT IF I HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT A CEMETERY?
The National Trust has limited time and resources to carry out cemetery surveys, so some areas have not yet been visited by the survey teams. Missing coverage is mainly in remote or rural areas which are more difficult for our Sydney based survey teams to visit.

If you have information about one or more of the cemeteries on the Master List which have not surveyed, you can help us by filling out a Draft Cemetery Index Card for each site. To find out if more information is needed about a cemetery you can contact the National Trust (NSW) on (02) 9258 0123.



LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA (LGA) ABBREVIATIONS*
ALBY  - Albury
AMDL - Armidale
ASHF  - Ashfield
AUBN - Auburn
BGAN - Bogan
BGVA - Bega Valley
BHST  - Bathurst
BKMH- Baulkham Hills
BLGN  - Bellingen
BLNA  - Ballina
BLND  - Bland
BLNY  - Blayney
BLRD  - Balranald
BLTN  - Blacktown
BLUM - Blue Mountains
BMBL - Bombala
BNTN - Bankstown
BRBA  - Barraba
BREW - Brewarrina
BRGA  - Bingara
BRGN - Berrigan
BRKE  - Bourke
BRWA- Boorowa
BRWD- Burwood
BTNY  - Botany
BYRN - Byron
CABN - Cabonne
CBAR  - Cobar
CBTN  - Campbelltown
CFSH  - Coffs Harbour
CITY   - City of Sydney
CKWL - Crookwell
CLAH  - Coolah
CLCN - Culcairn
CLMN - Coolamon
CMAM- Cooma - Monaro
CMDN- Camden
CNBN - Coonabarabran
CNBY - Canterbury
CNCD - Concord
CNMB - Coonamble
CNTD - Central Darling
COOT - Cootamundra

CPMN- Copmanhurst
CRWA- Corowa
CSNK - Cessnock
CTHL  - Carrathool
CWRA- Cowra
DMSQ - Dumaresq
DNGG - Dungog
DNQN - Deniliquin
DRUM - Drummoyne
DUBO - Dubbo
EBDL  - Eurobodalla
EVNS  - Evans
FAIR   - Fairfield
FORB  - Forbes
GDGI   - Gundagai
GFTN - Grafton
GLBN  - Goulburn
GLDR  - Gilgandra
GLNI   - Glen Innes
GLSR  - Gloucester
GNDA - Gunnedah
GNIG  - Gunning
GRFT  - Griffith
GRTL  - Great Lakes
GSFD  - Gosford
GYRA - Guyra
HAY    - Hay
HKBY - Hawkesbury
HLBK  - Holbrook
HLRD  - Holroyd
HNBY - Hornsby
HRDN - Harden
HSHL  - Hunters Hill
HSTG  - Hastings
HSVL  - Hurstville
HUME - Hume
INVL   - Inverell
JLDR   - Jerilderie
JUNE   - Junee
KGRA - Kogarah
KIMA  - Kiama
KPSY  - Kempsey
KRGI   - Ku-ring-gai

KYOG - Kyogle
LCDT  - Leichhardt
LCLN  - Lachlan
LKHT  - Lockhart
LMAC - Lake Macquarie
LNCV - Lane Cove
LORD  - Lord Howe Island
LSMR  - Lismore
LTGW - Lithgow
LTON  - Leeton
LVPL   - Liverpool
MBDG - Murrumbidgee
MCLN - Maclean
MDGE - Mudgee
MKVL - Marrickville
MLWR- Mulwaree
MNLA - Manila
MNLY - Manly
MRDI  - Murrurundi
MRPL  - Moree Plains
MRWA- Merriwa
MSBK - Muswellbrook
MSMN- Mosman
MTLD - Maitland
MURY- Murray
NARR - Narrandera
NBCA - Nambucca
NCSL  - Newcastle
NNDL - Nundle
NRBI   - Narrabri
NRME - Narromine
NSYD - North Sydney
NYMB- Nymboida
OBRN - Oberon
ORNG - Orange
PARY  - Parry
PMTA - Parramatta
PNTH  - Penrith
PRKS  - Parkes
PTST   - Port Stephens
QBYN - Queanbeyan
QRDI   - Quirindi
RDLE  - Rockdale

RDWK- Randwick
RMDR - Richmond River
RYDE  - Ryde
RYLS  - Rylstone
SCNE  - Scone
SGTN  - Singleton
SHBR  - Shellharbour
SHVN - Shoalhaven
SNYR  - Snowy River
STFD   - Strathfield
SUTH  - Sutherland
SVRN  - Severn
TARE  - Taree
TENT  - Tenterfield
TGDA  - Tallaganda
TMRA - Temora
TMUT - Tumut
TMWT- Tamworth
TUMB - Tumbarumba
TWED - Tweed
ULMR - Ulmarra
UNCP - Unincorporated Area
URAN - Urana
URLA  - Uralla
WAGA- Wagga Wagga
WARR- Warringah
WDIN - Weddin
WDRN- Windouran
WENT -Wentworth
WGCB- Wingecarribee
WKOL - Wakool
WLBY - Willoughby
WLCA - Walcha
WLDY - Wollondilly
WLGT - Walgett
WLNG  - Wollongong
WLRA - Woollahra
WLTN - Wellington
WREN - Warren
WVLY - Waverly
WYNG- Wyong
YARR  - Yarrowlumla
YASS  - Yass
YLAR  - Yallaroi
YUNG - Young

* NOTE: The National Trust recognises that some of the LGA’s above may no longer exist under the stated name. As a charity, our resources are limited, and updating details in what is still predominantly a paper based filing system, can be extremely time consuming. We thank you for your patience.


CONTACT DETAILS
All information and enquiries regarding cemetery related matters can be directed to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) attention the Cemeteries Officer.

Phone: (02) 9258 0123
Fax: (02) 9252 1264

Postal Address: National Trust of Australia (NSW)
GPO Box 518
Sydney NSW 2001

Email:
info@nationaltrust.com.au