‘Special Educational Uses’: Archdeacon Günther on St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Sir, I have read with much interest the information given recently in your columns about this burial-ground. There is, no doubt, much that might be added about the history, the varied associations, and the persons whose mortal remains were placed there. Some of the men and women were of note in their day, and others … Continue reading ‘Special Educational Uses’: Archdeacon Günther on St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

‘Old Chum’ Revisits Parramatta and St. John’s

In April 1910, a taphophile visited Parramatta with the stated intention of 'brush[ing] up memory in old St. John's Churchyard' (St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta), and 'to see how the last resting places of many of Australia's pioneers were cared for, and to ascertain if sentiment had entirely died out of this commercial age.' Under the … Continue reading ‘Old Chum’ Revisits Parramatta and St. John’s

Parramatta Wandering

Today I am shining a spotlight on one of the founding members of the Friends of St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta: Brian Wickham. It is not surprising that when a member of the public named Gill Booysen went for a wander in 2019 and happened upon St. John's Cemetery that they encountered Brian Wickham hard at … Continue reading Parramatta Wandering

A Frenemy of St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

So, if the highly aesthete, florally-worded one responsible for this 1891 feature article on the cemetery were alive today, I'm pretty sure s/he would NOT become a Friend of St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta! "The high and ugly brick wall (like many other thing, none the better for being old) strikes the eye unpleasingly," wrote s/he, … Continue reading A Frenemy of St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

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 … Continue reading Lychgate Restoration, Rotary Club, Parramatta