Old Moree Road,
Narrabri Old General Cemetery is now closed to burials for all except those who hold burial rights. It has been replaced by the Narrabri Lawn Cemetery on the other side of town. The general cemetery is on a large site on the eastern fringe of the town but, unfortunately, in a flood prone area. It has suffered extensive damage over the years from flooding - the worst, I am informed, in the flood of 1955, when a large number of monuments were toppled, buried in silt or washed away. Many of the fallen stones have been turned face up and are still readable but others remain face down so we were unable to transcribe these.
Today, this cemetery is a place of many contrasts ranging from barren, grassless areas through neatly trimmed green lawns, to graves overgrown by shrubs and small trees - probably planted by the public to assist in preventing soil erosion around their family graves.
It has been divided into seven denominational and two general portions. The portions and sections within them are all clearly marked. In the general portions, there are several Chinese graves that have no English in their inscriptions, one old cast iron monument now without visible inscription, as well as one Hindu grave. The earliest surviving stones in the cemetery are of sandstone and date from 1871.
Burials here were listed by local historian Tracey Tribe in 2004. She obtained her data by visual inspection of the graves and from the records held by Council and a local undertaker. Her listing was published in a catalogue entitled "Links" that is held by the Narrabri Shire Council. It contains details of around 300 unmarked (or now unmarked) graves that are not included here. Other material that Tracey gathered is held by the Narrabri Gaol Museum & Historical Society, PO Box 55 Narrabri NSW 2390.
We spent four days in the cemetery from 2 to 5 May 2006 and made digital images and notes of every visible inscription. The accompanying list was compiled from these images and notes and with extensive reference to NSW indexes of Births, Deaths and Marriages and military records for additional information.
We would like to express our appreciation for the co-operation and assistance afforded by Council in helping us to produce this online record.
From Narrabri's CBD (Maitland Street), take Doyle Street east to its end, turn left and then right across the railway line and bridge over the creek. The road then curves left and the cemetery is on the right hand side on the corner of Stoney Creek Road.
The cemetery is administered and maintained by the Narrabri Shire Council. Contact Council at PO Box 261, Narrabri NSW 2390; phone: 02 6799 6866; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 Jun 2006
5 May 2006
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