Lychgate Restoration, Rotary Club, Parramatta

Louise Lewis, a member of the Friends of St. John’s Cemetery Parramatta Facebook group, has shared some wonderful old clippings and documents relating to Rotary Club, Parramatta’s work in the restoration of St. John’s Cemetery’s historic lychgate and entrance, first proposed in 1972 and completed in 1982.

Louise’s father, Morrie Lewis, was Service Director at Rotary, Parramatta, at the time and is pictured in the The Advocate newspaper clipping alongside John Jackson, then President of Rotary, Parramatta. The clipping and letters are from Morrie’s personal archives. Thank you to Morrie for preserving these wonderful pieces of both Rotary Parramatta and the cemetery’s shared history for so long, and to Louise for taking the time to digitise and share them with us.

Added to Morrie’s collection is a photograph of the 1982 restoration contributed by one of the Friends of St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta’s founding committee members, Brian Wickham, from his private collection.

Also included are some more recent photographs of the 1982 lychgate, taken by Dr. Michaela Ann Cameron between 2013 and 2016.

In 2017, following a few decades of wear and tear, the gate element of the lychgate structure was replaced by the Hills Men Shed with funds supplied by the newly-formed Friends of St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, but that is a post for another day…Stay tuned!