Off Victoria Falls Road
Mount Victoria General Cemetery presented a sad picture when we visited it in August 2007. It has suffered over the years from vandalism, erosion, bushfires and neglect. We found the headstones still blackened from the smoke of the 2006 bushfire and several of the stones damaged by heat so that deciphering some of them was not easy.
On a sloping site, surrounded by bush, the cemetery consists of a single general portion comprising four double rows of graves, contained within an area of less than an acre. Trees have been allowed to grow up through a couple of the graves and the area was unmown and covered by natural litter. The cemetery appears to have been established around 1890 for there is a number of inscriptions dated in the 1890s.
We made digital images of all visible inscriptions. These may be viewed and downloaded from the list of inscriptions for this cemetery. In compiling the list of inscriptions, we referred to the NSW indexes of births, deaths and marriages for further information.
Victoria Falls Road is an unsealed road running off the Great Western Highway just south of the railway overbridge at Mount Victoria. The cemetery is no longer signposted. After entering Victoria Falls Road, take the first track to the left to the cemetery, which is about 300m from the highway.
Mount Victoria General Cemetery is administered by the Blue Mountains City Council. For further information, contact Council at Locked Bag 1005, Katoomba NSW 2780; Phone: 02 4780 5000; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Council maintains a searchable cemetery register on its website - see URL below.
30 Aug 2008
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