Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Graves - a legacy of grave stones and cemeteries

Tombstones still speak

Today, the tombstones to maritime disasters stand in mute testimony to the final tragic moments of those lost at sea. Representing dramatic tales of horror, heartache and grief, they stand as silent sentinels to tragedies past.

The following are just three examples.

Walter Hood grave site

Grave and memorial from the Walter Hood

Grave and memorial from the Walter Hood

Grave and memorial for the bodies of those recovered from the wreck of the clipper Walter Hood, 1870.

How to get there: Walter Hood Monument Walking Trail, Monument Beach, Cudmirrah Nature Reserve, Conjola State Forrest, off Bangalay Road, Bendalong.

Can also be reached via the beach from North Bendalong or the southern side of Berrara Lagoon.

Camperdown Cemetery: the Dunbar and Catherine Adamson stories

Mass grave for victims of the 1857 shipwrecks, Dunbar and Catherine Adamson. Including private graves for Dunbar victims

How to get there: St Stephen's Anglican Church, 189 Church Street (off King Street), Newtown. Sydney. Telephone: 02 9557 2043

Ly-ee-Moon Cemetery, 1870

Cemetery consisting wholly of the graves of bodies recovered from the wreck of the steamer Ly-ee-Moon in 1870

How to get there: Green Cape Road, Ben Boyd National Park, off Edrom Road from Princes Highway. Cemetery marked by sign on northern side of peninsula, several hundred metres before the termination of the road at the Green Cape Lighthouse, Green Cape, south of Eden.


Page last updated: 31 August 2012