Sunday, May 23, 2010

Castle Hill Cemetery

Cemetery with a Virtual Tour! 

The most amazing find on the internet about the Castle  Hill cemetery is the virtual tour! I could only get it to play in Internet Explorer but it was rather cool. You can click on the different sections and look around. See if you can find the graves that I took photographs (see 5 photos below or the entry for this cemetery on my photographic collection *coming soon*)

"An 1897 Parish of Castle Hill map shows a large area bounded today by Showground and Gilbert Roads dedicated on 31 August 1895 for Public Recreation with a section reserved for a cemetery. The land, originally part of the 1801 Castle Hill Government Farm, had been included in a 165 acre Castle Hill Village Reserve set aside in 1861. 

The NSW Government Gazette of 8 September 1902 stated that the land had been dedicated for a General Cemetery on 29 April 1881 and announced the appointment of Bruce Purser, Edwin George Crane, Clare Agrippa Gilbert, George Alexander Muir, Alfred William Bayly, Albert James James and Sylvanius Montefiore Charles Black as Trustees of the Church of England Burial Ground portion of the General Cemetery of Castle Hill. 

The earliest burial in the Cemetery was in 1914 beside Cemetery Road as a fence had not been constructed to mark the boundaries. It was for George Philip Fitzroy who died 25 May 1914 aged 3 years 11 months. The first grave inside the fence (in the Anglican Monumental section) was also for another small boy, Robert James McKay who died 17 Feb 1918 aged 2 ½ years.
Originally Church of England (Anglican), Roman Catholic, Methodist (Uniting) and General sections were designated. A Cemetery Trust had been formed with representatives from each of the three local church groups. In June 1951 talks began about altering this and eventually a Local Government Act of 1967 transferred responsibility to The Hills Shire Council.
Since the late 1960s Lawns, Vaults, a Columbarium and Gardens have been added to accommodate the changing needs of our growing population. There are Anglican, Roman Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Muslim, Independent, Jewish and Baptist sections. 

The Castle Hill Cemetery Entrance Gates, commissioned by Baulkham Hills Shire Council and designed by Giuseppe Organo of Fairfield, were dedicated in September 1978.
In 1967 Cemetery Road was renamed Gilbert Road after the Gilbert Family who had farmed extensive orchards for 100 years on land opposite the Cemetery and extending to Showground Road" (taken from Castle Hill History & Headstones)

Some more information on the cemetery:

"Castle Hill Cemetery is a unique haven located within a tranquil bushland setting, yet centrally placed
in the vibrant and growing residential suburb of Castle Hill. It is considered imperative that the peace,
tranquillity and natural beauty of the cemetery is maintained and enhanced in the future. To this end,
a Plan of Management has been commissioned to ensure that the cemetery continues to cater for
the needs of the community but also ensures the long term conservation and protection of the
remnant forest." Castle Hill Cemetery

Away in a Manger

Rainproof grave figurine
Metal Jesus

Angel and a picket fence

Cemetery Cats

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