Cemetery 2 - Binnaway

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Leaders Road,






This small rural cemetery came as a delightful surprise. Its condition easily surpasses all other cemeteries we have visited in the district. We found its extensive grounds in beautiful condition with the lawns close mown and trimmed around the graves. The stones were all erect, mounds topped up and weeds within enclosures well controlled. Each denominational portion is clearly marked and some welcome shaded seating installed. The ubiquitous broken glass and rabbit holes were noticeably absent. It is obvious that, apart from Council maintenance, a great deal of local effort has been put into improving this site, planting trees and shrubs and placing brass plaques on previously unmarked graves. The results are a great tribute to those involved. If only more cemeteries were like Binnaway!

According to the Binnaway Progress Association the cemetery was dedicated on 11 March 1881. It says, "Since 1991 the cemetery has undergone extensive restoration with community fund raising providing money for grave plaques and shrubs."

We visited the cemetery on 17 November 2005 and made digital images and notes of all visible inscriptions. In compiling the attached list, we also referred to the NSW indexes of births, deaths and marriages and to the World War 1 and World War 2 Nominal Rolls for further information.

Binnaway is a small town on Warrumbungle Way between Coonabarabran and Coolah. From its shopping centre in Renshaw Street, head south towards the river and turn left into Cisco Street where there is a signpost to the racecourse and cemetery. Follow Cisco Street for 1.3km, across the river, then turn left into Leaders Road. From here it is 2.5 km to the cemetery lane on the left hand side of the road.

The cemetery is administered and maintained by the Warrumbungle Shire Council. Contact Council at PO Box 191, Coonabarabran NSW 2357; phone 02 6849 2000; email: info@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au

30 Dec 2005

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