off Galong - Boorowa Road
Galong Cemetery had its beginning as a burial ground provided by Edward Ryan, probably as early as the 1820s, for family and employees on his extensive estates. It gradually developed into a cemetery for the Irish Catholic population, clergy and religious in the area before eventually coming under the administration of the Harden Shire Council as a general cemetery.
There are many striking features in this small cemetery. Two soaring marble monuments over graves of the Ryan Family were carved by the renowned monumental mason and sculptor Frank Rusconi and are said to have cost £1,000 each - a fortune back then. Vaults erected for the Murphy and Ryan families and a most beautiful coped granite wall around the entire site are others. Considerable work to restore and preserve this heritage site has been undertaken in recent years.
Ann Gardner has contributed images she made of every visible inscription at Galong Cemetery during October 2009. The list of inscriptions for this cemetery has been compiled from Ann's images and with reference to the NSW indices of births, deaths and marriages and the Australian War Memorial online military rolls for additional information.
From the village of Galong, head north along Ryan Street (Galong Road) for 2km, turn right onto the Galong - Boorowa Road for 1.8 km. The cemetery access lane is on the left (western side) of the road.
Galong General Cemetery is administered by the Harden Shire Council. Contact Council at PO Box 110, Harden NSW 2587; phone: 02 6386 2305; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Nov 2009
31 Oct 2009
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