‘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

Unmarked

In December 2019, Mark Pearce, St. John's Parramatta churchwarden and one of the founding committee members of the Friends of St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta, shared his own connections to the historic cemetery. "There are many many hundreds of unmarked graves within St. John’s Cemetery which can no longer be precisely located. The couple pictured in … Continue reading Unmarked

220 Years Ago Today…

Today, the 12th of June 2021, marks 220 years to the day since three of my English ancestors disembarked from the ship the Earl Cornwallis (1801) at Warrane (Sydney Cove). Two were convicts, while a third was a member of the NSW Corps. Unbeknown to me when I was writing it in 2014, an essay … Continue reading 220 Years Ago Today…

A Kindred Spirit of more than a century ago

The Friends of St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta may have only officially formed in late June 2016, but the current members are merely the latest in a long line of Friends. It's a pleasure to come upon words written by a kindred spirit of 120 years ago.  In spite of all the time that has passed, … Continue reading A Kindred Spirit of more than a century ago