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Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery

Established in 1868, Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery at St Leonards is one of the most outstanding Edwardian gardens in Australia. Arranged about a central avenue, the cemetery is shielded from surrounding areas by a mature plantation which creates an enclosed tranquil landscape.

The cemetery is an outstanding botanical resource, boasting plantings of many traditional and symbolic species including heritage roses and a wide variety of bulbs.  Rows of Washingtonia palms and evergreen hedges provide structure to the cemetery layout.  Brick paths lead between ordered rows of graves dating between 1877 and 1974.

The monuments cover a wide range of styles, from simple Georgian headstones to complex marble sculptures and imposing family vaults.  They demonstrate the art of the stonemason in a form unlikely to be repeated.

Buried here are famous and unknown people intimately linked with the growth and development of the North Shore.

Towards the end of its working life, and following its closure in 1974, the cemetery fell into neglect.  Strong opposition from concerned citizens prevented its conversion to a rest park. 

Following initial assistance from the Crown Lands Department and the Heritage Council of NSW, a new Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery Trust was established to undertake the continuing care and management of this historic site. Although the Trust employs a part time gardener, there is still much to do. The task is not an easy one and both moral and financial support from the community is continually needed.

All funds acquired by the Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery Trust are used in the care and management of the cemetery.

For general enquiries contact Ron Heather 0412 327 293

For tours of the cemetery contact Catherine Williams 02 9477 5581

Next planned tour of the cemetery is SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER, 2008 at 11.00am
(tour takes 2 hours approximately - cost $12.00 per person - bookings essential)

by Catherine Williams

Courtesy of Gazette August 2008


Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery
Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery





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