Barraba General Cemetery is located within the township and appears to have been established around 1850. It contains several old sandstone monuments but relatively few from its early days. The site is divided into denominational portions, all of which are clearly marked with colour coded signs. Rows are also marked although, in the Old Church of England portion, some of them wander and are difficult to determine accurately. For that reason, row numbers we show in that portion should be regarded as indicative only.
Listed in 1990 by Roma Waldron and updated and photographed by Reg McDonell in September 2006, almost 150 of the markers listed in 1990 were not found in 2006. On the other hand, it is obvious that an attempt has been made by some families to identify the previously unmarked graves of their ancestors, reflecting the growing interest in family history research.
In the north-east corner, a substantial columbarium has been erected that contains ashes from 1975. A modern lawn cemetery is located near the southern boundary that appears to have been commenced in the early 1980s. The grounds are generally in good condition, with the exception of the Presbyterian portion in the monumental section that needed attention to long grass and weeds when we visted it. There are no amenities.
We visited the cemetery on 20 and 21 September 2006 and made digital images and notes of all visible inscriptions. A number of temporary markers, however, were illegible. In compiling the list, we referred to the indexes of births, deaths and marriages for NSW and to military records for further information.
From the Barraba town centre, head south towards Manilla and turn right into Rodney Street. From here it is 800m to the cemetery on the corner of Rodney and West Streets, the entrance in West Street.
The cemetery is administered by the Tamworth Regional Council. Contact Council at PO Box 555, Tamworth NSW 2340; phone: 02 6767 5555; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Oct 2006
21 Sep 2006
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