Stanley Burial Ground was established after the Van Diemans Land Company was granted 250,000 acres in NW Tasmania by Royal Charter in 1826. The first interment is believed to have taken place in 1827, the earliest inscription extant being a beautifully restored stone for Henry Hellyer dated 1832. The cemetery, situated by the sea at the base of the famous “Nut” headland, is now closed except for existing reservations.
Ian Middleton visited and photographed the cemetery and all visible inscriptions in July 2011. He says that he found it in excellent condition. Ian compiled the list of inscriptions for this cemetery. Additional information has been added to that list by reference to the Tasmanian Pioneers Index of births, deaths and marriages, the Australian War Memorial online military rolls and to "Stanley Burial Ground" by Ruth Eslake.
Stanley Burial Ground is within walking distance of town. Travel north from Stanley PO in Church Street to the intersection of Marshall St, turn right and proceed to the T-intersection with Browns Rd and cemetery. Lat -40.759631 Long 145.298756
For more information, contact Circular Head Council, Goldie Street, Smithton, TAS 7330; phone 03 6452 4800; email: email@example.com
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