Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney

The Waverley Cemetery is located on top of the cliffs at Bronte in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The first interment occurred on 4 August 1877 and noted for its largely intact Victorian and Edwardian monuments. The size of 41 acres bounded by Trafalgar, Boundary and St Thomas streets. The cemetery is self-funded, deriving its income from interments – including burial, cremation, memorials and mausolea – of which there has been over 86,000. It contains the graves of many significant Australians including the poet Henry Lawson, Jules Archibald, founder of The Bulletin and benefactor of the Archibald Prize, nineteenth century poet Henry Kendall, the American actor William E. Sheridan, poet and author Dorothea Mackellar and author Ethel Pedley.

The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
Image credit Bentley Smith

More than 137 years of operation remains a 100% self funded and with inspiration drawn from the reform movements occurring in London and Paris. It has never been funded by the public purse or council ratepayers, with individual graves maintained for a fee. The cemetery was a location in filming of the movie The Pyjama Girl Case in 1977, Spyforce in 1972, and in 1979 the cemetery was a location in filming of the movie Tim starring Mel Gibson. The cemetery has also been used for TV shows such as an Australian long-length episode of Baywatch and the Australian television series Home and Away. It was also used for filming of the movies Dirty Deeds and Bollywood Blockbuster Dil Chahta Hai.

The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
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The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
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The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
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The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
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The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
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The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
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The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
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The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
Waverley Cemetery, Boardwalk towards Bronte. Image credit Dylan's World

The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
A bunch of cremation memorial stones in Waverley cemetery. Image credit Bentley Smith

The Waverley Cemetery, The self funded and iconic graveyard in Sydney
This is one of Ken Unsworth's 'skeleton cyclist on a pole' variations for Sculptures by the Sea, titled 'there's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip'. In daylight, the skeleton is white and the stash is in a big red bag. The background is Bronte Park and left (and out) of picture is Waverley cemetery. Image credit Ashley

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