Old Sydney Burial Ground – City of Sydney

Sydney Town Hall sits on the site of what was once the principal cemetery of NSW. Dating back to the 1790s, the site is commonly called the Old Sydney Burial Ground.It is also known as the George Street Burial Ground, the Cathedral Close Cemetery and, retrospectively, the Town Hall Cemetery.The site, on the outskirts of town, was chosen by Governor Phillip and the Reverend Richard Johnson in September 1792.It was decided this place would not affect the health of the living and could remain a place of quiet seclusion.In 1812, Governor Macquarie authorised the extension of the burial ground to the north and west, and granted a site for a new church, St Andrew’s, next door. With the extension, the burial ground covered just over 2 acres.

via Old Sydney Burial Ground – City of Sydney.

via Old Sydney Burial Ground – City of Sydney.

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