Heritage protection for Waverley Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery will be listed on the State Heritage Register, NSW Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman announced today.

Graves in Tilba Cemetery

The cemetery’s listing will help preserve its genealogical, historical, architectural and artistic character, Mr Speakman said.

Mr Speakman said the cemetery was significant for generations of Sydneysiders and was a valuable educational resource for the state.

“Waverley Cemetery is the final resting place of many prominent Australians,” Mr Speakman said.

“Poets Henry Lawson and Dorothea MacKellar, Jules Francoise Archibald, the founder of The Bulletin and benefactor of the Archibald Prize, previous NSW Premier Sir James Martin and sporting greats, including Olympic gold medal swimmer Sarah ‘Fanny’ Durack and Australian cricket batsman Victor Trumper, are all buried in Waverley.

“But it’s not only the people buried in Waverley that make it special to the city and the state - the cemetery’s location on some of Sydney’s most spectacular coastlines adds to its rich history.”

The cemetery is also home to historic monuments, including one for the 1798 Irish Rebellion, which is the world’s largest monument to the rebellion. The Rebellion leader and revolutionary Michael Dwyer is buried in the cemetery.

Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith welcomed the official recognition of the site’s heritage importance.

“The eastern suburbs community will be delighted with the cemetery’s listing because the community has an important connection with the site’s 140-year history. I have had relatives buried there for over 100 years,” Mr Notley-Smith said.

“The community and Waverley Council have always placed a strong importance on protecting and preserving the cemetery because of its significance to the eastern suburbs and the state.”

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