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Dead centre of Newtown

There are still some hidden places within Sydney. Most locals can find a cemetery nearby, but there are some that even locals did not know existed and they live with 100m of the spot! Considering Camperdown Cemetery’s location right off King Street, smack-bang in the middle of Newtown, it’s incredible how few people know it…

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October 15, 2021

Now I lay me down to…

Did you know that Sydney is home to the largest cemetery in the southern hemisphere? It is the final resting place to over 1 million former Sydneysiders, including my ancestors.  Rookwood Necropolis, in Sydney’s western suburbs, was first opened in 1867 and is still an active cemetery today. The term necropolis refers to its enormous…

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September 7, 2021

The dead centre of Sydney secrets revealed

Before large cemeteries were created throughout Sydney, the local parishes buried their dead within their own grounds.  Sydney’s first official cemetery was located where Sydney Town Hall now stands. Dating back to the 1790s, the site is commonly called the Old Sydney Burial Ground. The site, on the outskirts of town, was chosen by Governor…

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November 14, 2020