22 Jan 1820 - Devonshire Street cemetery

On 22 January 1820 the Sydney Gazette published a notice about the creation of a new cemetery on Devonshire Street, Sydney.

The cemetery was described as a "spacious burial ground" in the sandhills south of the brickfields, which is the site of the present-day Central Railway Station. It was consecrated in 1820 (the first interment actually took place in 1819) and operated until 1867. The site was then resumed in 1901 to allow for the development of the Central Railway Station and approximately one-third of the monuments and remains were relocated to other cemeteries.

Source: Cremation Society(1910). An appeal to Newtown Council. Evening News (Sydney, NSW: 1869 – 1931)

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