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Tales from the Mays Hill Cemetery

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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The Friends of the Mays Hill Cemetery will be holding a special event on Sunday the 30th of April where you can join in on the tour of the cemetery.

Come along to the Mays Hill Cemetery and take the tour. Image courtesy of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery.


As part of the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival you can join their cemetery tour and let Judith Dunn tell you some "Family Stories From Mays Hill Cemetery".

Image courtesy of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery.


Of the people that are buried here, do you know that Benjamin Crowe owned a large property holding in Parramatta, Holroyd, Granville and in the Monaro district? When he passed away he left an estate worth 45 thousand pounds and was survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters.

Visit the resting place of Benjamin J Crowe. Image courtesy of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery.


Francis James Warren also laid to rest in an unmarked grave in the Mays Hill Cemetery served in Gallipoli with the 13th Battalion. 15th August 1935.

Duncan Campbell was the man who probably blazed more stock routes through Australia than any man who ever lived.

John Stenhouse was jailed for fourteen years for the manslaughter of his wife who died 14th April 1914, aged 58 years. He is also remembered as one of the two stonemasons who built the Centennial Fountain in Parramatta.

Image courtesy of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery.


On Saturday 22nd April 1995, the first meeting of "The Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery" was held at Jones Park Hall, Burnett Street, Merrylands. Since then the Holroyd City Council has become the sole Trustee of the cemetery in 1993. There has been restoration work on hundreds of headstones. The Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery have also done research on most of the people interred in the cemetery and have been able to assist many members of the public with family history research enquiries.

Cannon in the Park. Image courtesy of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery.


Whether you are a local, history buff or an out of towner you will have the chance on Sunday the 30th of April at 2pm to join in on the fascinating tour where this year's theme for the Festival is 'Having a Voice'. This tour will give some of those interred within the cemetery a chance to have their voices heard through Judith's tour.

There is still a lot of restoration work to do. Image courtesy of the Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery.


The cost of the tour is $15.00 per person and children under 12yrs is $5.00. Light refreshments are included. The tour will be limited to 50. So, get in quick and get your tickets.

For more details and bookings please contact the Secretary on 9635 0796.
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Why? Learn about the Family Stories From Mays Hill Cemetery.
When: Tour starts at 2pm.
Phone: (02) 9635 0796
Where: Mays Hill Cemetery
Cost: The cost of the tour is $15.00 per person and children under 12yrs is $5.00. Light refreshments are included.
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