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18-November-2014
18-November-2014

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The former Balmain Cemetery was renamed Pioneers Memorial Park in 1941 to commemorate the pioneers of the district.   The site received over 10,000 burials of 24 different religious denominations. All but 126 of the burials occurred before December 1908.

It is likely that the Minister for Lands (Mr. Sinclair) will soon ask Parliament to approve Leichhardt Council's proposal to convert the old Balmain Cemetery, in Norton Street, into a public park and garden. The cemetery has fallen into disrepair, and the council has been negotiating with the Lands Department for several years. The Town Clerk (Mr. C. M. Reeves) said that the remains of the people buried in the cemetery would not be disturbed.

The area would not be used as a general sports and games ground. Surface structures would be removed, and trees, lawns, and flowers planted. "The sacred nature of the spot," said Mr. Reeves, "would be permanently indicated by a substantial dedicatory memorial in the centre of the area, and a record of those buried in the cemetery would be kept at the Town Hall."
Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW), 31 August 1940.

Location

Address:Norton Street, Leichhardt, 2040
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.877541
Long: 151.156389
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1941
Front Inscription

 




 

Left Side Inscription

This Stone Was Set By
The Honourable James McGirr
Minister for Housing 
18th Nov. 1944
C. H. Matthews M.L.A.

 

Right Side Inscription
                   This Area
Formerly Known As The Balmain Cemetery
Is Dedicated And Set Apart Under The Name And Title Of 

       PIONEERS MEMORIAL PARK 
As A Lasting Tribute To The Pioneers Of This District
An
d Environs Who Rest Therein And As A Permanent
Place Of Quiet Recreation And Enjoyment For
        Generations Yet To Come.
Inscription in Proximity
LEICHHARDT 
COUNCIL

OLD BALMAIN CEMETERY
1868 - 1912
This site of 3 hectares received 10,608 burials of 24 
different religious denominations. All but 126 burials 
took place prior to December 1908. The area was 
declared and named Pioneers Memorial Park in 1941.

REST IN PEACE 
Source: MA
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