According to local legend, the property for this little known cemetery was acquired by pioneer Catholic priest Father J. J. Therry in 1857, when he was parish priest of the then very extensive Balmain RC parish. The local legend is that as there was no other nearby Catholic cemetery Father Therry began burials there soon after the land acquisition.
However despite extensive research, the first proven burials took place in 1868 and the cemetery remained in use until about 1903. Physical evidence of the cemetery began to disappear around 1920 when some remains were re-interred elsewhere to provide land on which to extend the church and build a school for the new parish of Leichhardt and by about 1950 all physical trace of the cemetery had disappeared. The burial register has also been lost and to date, this record contains 850 of the around 1500 burials likely to have taken place there. I am am always delighted to hear from anyone who believes they know of burials at this place and am happy to do look-ups on what information we currently have to hand.
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