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Weir Family Graves

Item details

Name of item: Weir Family Graves
Other name/s: Weir Family Graves & former Homestead site
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Cemeteries and Burial Sites
Category: Cemetery/Graveyard/Burial Ground
Primary address: Bangalee Scout Camp Road, Bangalee, NSW 2529
County: CAMDEN
Local govt. area: Shoalhaven


Lot 47, 48 & 117 DP 751273 Lot 1 DP 579501 Lot 7310 & 7312 DP 1152344
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Bangalee Scout Camp RoadBangaleeShoalhavenILLAROO CAMDEN Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The monuments to Thomas, Sarah and Jane Weir are outstanding examples of vernacular workmanship. The graves have social and historic interest as a record of original settlement in the Shoalhaven District. Local significance (Shoalhaven).
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Physical description: 300 metres north west of Leggs Island. The private cemetery includes Weir family burials and is located on the Verdant Vale property. The cemetery consists of a low coursed rubblestone wall of sandstone blocks one metre high. Two monuments are located inside the walled area. Sandstone stelae of unusual homemade deign. The first is a square 1.5 m stelae, the second a semi-circular stelae. The incriptions record the deaths of Sarah Weir, Thomas Weir and Jane Wylie wife of Thomas Weir.
Remains of the Weir Family homestead and dairy farm are located on lot 47 DP 751273 some distance away. All that remains is a concrete slab which contained a building where they extracted honey, a stone packed road, dry stone walls and introduced plants including prickly pear and exotic trees.
The 1870 flood marker is also located on this site
Further information: Plan of the Weir family burials. Source: National Trust Listing
Current use: Graveyard and farm relics
Former use: Dairy farm Graveyard


Historical notes: Thomas Weir was a convict assigned to Alexander Berry circa 1826. After receiving his pardon he was one of many 'old hands' who stayed in the area and purchased land on the banks of the Shoalhaven River at Longreach where he settled with his family. The Weir family graves are located on the orginal Weir Farm. Thomas Weir married Jane Wiley.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (none)-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Birth and Death-Activities associated with the initial stages of human life and the bearing of children, and with the final stages of human life and disposal of the dead. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally. This item is assessed as historically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementPrepare or include in a Conservation Policy19 Apr 12
Recommended ManagementPrepare a maintenance schedule or guidelines03 Dec 12


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanShoalhaven LEP 2014522 Apr 14   
Local Environmental Plan  13 Apr 07   
Heritage studyShoalhaven Heritage StudyB102   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Shoalhaven City Council Heritage Study 1995-19981998B102Peter Freeman Pty Ltd  Yes
Classified Listing Proposals Shoalhaven C51986 National trust of Australia (NSW) Cemetery CommitteeNT No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1986National Trust Classification of Cemeteries in the Shoalhaven District.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2390157

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