Gore Hill Cemetery
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A view of Gore Hill Cemetery looking back towards the Sydney CBD
Gore Hill Cemetery is located in the lower North Shore in the suburb of St Leonards in New South Wales, Australia, The cemetery is one of the oldest and largest existing cemeteries in metropolitan Sydney. It was established on 19 May 1868 by the New South Wales politician William Tunks. Tunks Park in the lower North shore between Cammeray and Northbridge is named after him. The first body was interred in 1877, The Cemetery operated until its closure in 1974, 14,456 burials were recorded at Gore Hill Cemetery & Most burials took place between 1900 and 1930. Throughout the cemetery you will find remnants of the much older Devonshire Street Cemetery which was cleared in 1901and is now the location of Sydney’s Central Station . In Gore Hill Cemetery there are 17 war graves of Commonwealth service personnel of World War I. Burials started to decrease in the 1950s and continued up until 1974 when the cemetery closed. Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop was interred in Gore Hill Cemetery in the Catholic Section in 1909 and later on the 28 of January 1914 was moved to St Mary of the Cross in North Sydney.
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