Ebenezer Church & Cemetery
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HISTORY OF EBENEZER CHURCH & CEMETERY
The construction of the Ebenezer Church can be credited to the eight families who came to Australia as free settlers aboard the ‘Coromandel' in 1802. These eight families were granted 100 acres each on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at what was known as Portland Head. These people were of various denominations, but came together as one congregation. At a meeting in 1808 at the home of Dr Thomas Arndell, each family pledged itself to helping to construct a church & school. The cost of the buildings was 400 pounds, the money raised from voluntary contributions. There would be no assistance from the Government of finance or labour. The four acres that the buildings were to be erected on was donated by a local family. Andrew Johnston designed the buildings and supervised the construction. All the materials – sandstone, cedar wood and hardwood was locally obtained. Ebenezer Church is the oldest existing church in Australia . The cemetery is recognised as historically one of the most important in Australia . The records of the church were lost in the flood of 1867, so it is not known when the cemetery was first used. The oldest headstone is that of Sarah Gilkerson who died in May 1813. You can no longer purchase burial plots, but Ashes can be interred in the two columbariums.
Ebenezer Church is located on Coromandel Road , Ebenezer. After crossing the Hawkesbury River at Windsor , follow the Wilberforce Road until you see Coromandel Road . There is a sign post for Ebenezer Church , turn right. Go to the end of the road.
Total distance from Windsor is 12km. Parking is on the gravel section in front of the post & rail fence at the front of the cemetery.
You can obtain fresh water for flowers & there are bins available to place old floral tributes.
The cemetery is under the care of the Ebenezer Church Cemetery Trust.
You can contact Ted Brill on (02) 4579 9235
The cemetery is divided into 6 sections.
The oldest graves can be found in sections 1 to 4, these date from the early 1800's
The rows for section1, 2 & 3 are numbered from the front fence & the plots are numbered from the circular driveway.
The rows for section 4 are numbered from the pavilion while the plots are numbered from the church end of the rows.
Columbaria are found in sections 5 & 6