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Plaque & Grave:28-June-2015
Plaque & Grave:28-June-2015

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams
Plaque erected on the grave by the Kogarah Historical Society in 1971 commemorates William Carss after whom the suburb of Carss Park is named. The plaque also pays tribute to his wife and children. 

Carss Bush Park was created on land granted to Jonathon Croft in 1853 and subsequently purchased by William Carss (cabinet maker turned publican) in 1863. Carss had a sandstone cottage built on the headland of Kogarah Bay and later acquired additional land around it. At Carss’ request, his daughter bequeathed the property after her death to the Sydney Sailors Home, from which it was purchased by Kogarah Council in 1924 in response to community pressures. The Council subdivided the estate into areas for parkland and a residential ‘garden suburb’, being the first local government in NSW to do so. The parkland contained 10 acres of bushland on the slopes and flats below the ridgetop suburb, and included the foreshores of Kogarah Bay.

Carr’s cottage, his vault and a small curtilage were heritage-listed in 1987 and protected by a PCO in 1988. However, no other elements in the park were assessed or listed. The cottage is now the headquarters of the Kogarah Historical Society.

The vault of William Carss was built following his death on 26 May 1878. One of the conditions of transfer to The Sydney Sailors’ Home after 1917 was that the vault had to be kept in thorough order and repair. An inscription in memory of Carss’ wife and two of their children was made on the vault, but they were buried at the Devonshire Street cemetery

Location

Address:Carwar Avenue, Carss Bush Park, Carss Park, 2221
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.989769
Long: 151.118616
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1971
Front Inscription
WILLIAM CARSS GRAVE
    — — —  - — — —
IN COMMEMORATION OF
WILLIAM CARSS (1800 - 1878)
after whom this locality is named
DIED 25 MAY 1878 AGED 78
INTERRED HERE 30 MAY 1878
                   AND
HIS WIFE HELEN TURNBULL CARSS
DIED 26 JUNE 1853 AGED 47
AND THEIR TWO INFANT CHILDREN

Plaque 2 : 
          ERECTED BY
KOGARAH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
                1971
Source: MA
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