Lawrence Cemetery is 2.7 hectares of parkland indicating that Lawrence was once perceived as a village that had potential to expand. However this was not to be and Lawrence was eclipsed by Maclean as the largest town on the Lower Clarence.
The cemetery is surrounded by a weldmesh fence (near the brick entrance gates) and on the other side a post and wire fence. All major denominations have large portions of land and the Presbyterian section contains many intact wrought iron fenced graves. The earliest burials recorded are those of John Woods (1882) and his daughter Ester (1880). Both are buried in the Presbyterian portion and their headstones are still standing.
The cemetery is based on a number of denominational portions including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian. All burials are dug as single depth graves. The columbarium wall was a community project built in 1999. The single wall provides for memorial plaques on one side and 61 niches for ashes and plaques on the other.
All niches are double for two internments.
The inscriptions were photographed by Helen Berger during December 2009. Helen also prepared the list of inscriptions for this cemetery from her images and has included a number of unmarked graves from Council's cemetery register. In compiling that list, reference was made to the NSW indices of births, deaths and marriages and to the Australian War Memorial's online military rolls for additional information.
Ray Cork visited the cemetery in July 2018 and made digital images of all inscriptions dated later than 2008 These images have been transcribed and uploaded.
From Lawrence township, follow High Street north-westerly to its end.
Lawrence Cemetery is administered by the Clarence Valley Council. For further information, contact Council at 50 River Street, Maclean NSW 2463 or 2 Prince Street (Locked Bag 23), Grafton NSW 2460; phone 02 6643 0200; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Jul 2018
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