Great Western Highway,
Situated on a large sloping site, Lithgow General Cemetery is a significant regional cemetery that has served the Lithgow area since about 1870. It is set out in denominational and general portions and includes a small lawn cemetery and an extensive columbarium as well as several gardens for the placement of ashes. Each portion is signposted with details of all the rows within it and almost every row is separately marked. Intermittent lot numbers help to quickly locate any grave.
The older areas of the cemetery close to the main road obviously have suffered considerably from vandalism at some time and many of the older monuments have disappeared. No doubt some have also been lost due to subsidence and several at present are in a rather precarious state. An unfortunate feature of the cemetery is the large number of marble tablets that are of such poor workmanship as to be almost unreadable, even though no more than 50 years old. We have spent countless hours doing our best to decipher them and have been greatly assisted in this task by reference to Council’s records.
Lithgow is a city that has grown up as a steelworks, coal mining and railway town. Many of the inscriptions in the cemetery record the accidental deaths of persons in all three of these spheres of employment. At the lower end of the cemetery is an enclosed monument on which are mounted plaques recording the names of babies, mostly stillborn, who have been buried in unmarked graves.
As with all the cemeteries administered by the Lithgow Council, the principal cemetery is maintained in excellent condition. We visited the site on many occasions over several months and always found the lawns mown, broken glass removed, rabbits controlled and shrubs and trees and gardens well kept. There is a fairly limited internal car park and the main internal roadway (but not the exit road) is sealed. Male and female toilets are provided but, as yet, there is no disabled facility.
In compiling the inscription list, we have referred extensively to the NSW indexes of births, deaths and marriages, to military records, and to Council's online listing for additional information. The digital images may be viewed and downloaded from the list of inscriptions for this cemetery.
Lithgow Cemetery is located on the western side of the highway, 1km south of the Main Street intersection.
Lithgow General Cemetery is administered by the City of Lithgow Council. For further information, contact council at PO Box 19 Lithgow NSW 2790; phone: 02 6354 9999; email: email@example.com
8 Aug 2007
9 Aug 2007
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