This historic little cemetery has suffered much over the years at the hands of vandals. A large proportion of the stones has fallen or been pushed over. Many are broken and parts of some are missing. When we visited the cemetery, we found that most of the open area around the graves had been mown. However, many of the graves themselves, especially those within wrought iron enclosures, were badly overgrown with blackberry and other weeds making it very difficult to access and read some inscriptions. The headstones date from 1851 – the year the village came into being with the discovery of gold – through to 1903.
Sofala celebrated its sesqui-centenary in 2001 and, to mark the occasion, erected a Heritage Wall in Denison Street. This wall has 52 brass plaques mounted on it that give considerable information about the pioneering families of the district, many of whom are buried in the three cemeteries in Sofala and the three at nearby Wattle Flat. The data provided there was very helpful to us in compiling this list.
In Christ Church cemetery, we made digital images and took notes of every visible inscription on 17 June 2004. We also referred to the NSW indexes of births, deaths and marriages to help decipher some of the eroded inscriptions.
From the Sofala shops, travel east to the end of Denison Street, turn right into Davis Street, then left into Upper Turon Road and then right into Hargraves Street. Christ Church Anglican and its cemetery are on the left hand side of the street opposite the school.
Sofala is within the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst. For further information, contact the Diocesan office at 3 Church Street, Bathurst NSW 2795. (email@example.com).
30 Jan 2006
17 Jun 2004
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