Talking TombstonesTOPP TOURS

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Talking Tombstones

A walk through one of Parramatta's historic cemeteries where many ‘residents’ have strong connections, good and bad, with the City of Parramatta.

Join ‘Tombstone Talker’, Kerima-Gae, for an intriguing guided cemetery walk through Mays Hill Cemetery, dating from 1839, which just oozes with stories ‘from beyond the grave’. Gaze upon the humblest of tombstones to the more ornate and hear stories ‘from the past’ of the notable and the notorious, the respected and the rogues, including tales of heroic deeds to those of murder most foul.

You will learn that behind a few common words on a tombstone can be an amazing story. Some of which will have you in laughter, others may bring a tear to the eye. Words no longer commonly used, symbolism and the use of various materials will also be explained. Hold artefacts belonging to the departed and learn one of the ways to make faint tombstone inscriptions more visible.

Light refreshments included.

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Parking available in Steele and Franklin Streets. Bus Stop near cnr. Great Western Highway & Steele Street. Toilets available.


8am to 10am or 2pm to 4pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 15, Concession $ 13.5, Members $ 12.5
Prebooking requiredtopptours@bigpond.com0428284275
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Mays Hill Cemetery does have some uneven ground. Please wear comfortable, closed-in walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring water. You must be able to walk unaided and not suitable for young children.