Our cemetery is a remarkably peaceful oasis, in which you are welcome to walk and explore. It is also rich in history. During the second half of the nineteenth century, it became the burial ground for some very well-known people of the colony. Amongst these were:
Jane Barker – Wife of Bishop Barker, being the founder of St. Catherine’s School, Waverley.
Sir Frederick William Pottinger, Baronet, who led an unusual and colourful life as a New South Wales Police Officer, after a career in England in the Grenadier Guards. The original “blind Freddie” who lost Ben Hall the Bushranger. (Wikipedia entry)
Mrs. Ann Hordern, wife of Anthony Hordern, matriarch of Retail dynasty
Henry Mort, and members of the Mort family.
Alexander Playfair, and members of the Playfair family
Daintrey Family grave
John Edward Irwin, first commander of the N.S.W. Naval Brigade
Miss Mary Ann Flower, Governess to Governor Fitzroy’s family
Sir William Manning, Attorney-General, Supreme Court Judge and Chancellor of Sydney University
Archibald Mosman, after whom the suburb of Mosman is named
Thomas Ware Smart, member of Legislative Council of New South Wales
Robert Johnson, member of Legislative Council of New South Wales
Obed West, prominent historian of Old Sydney
Simeon Pearce, the “father of Randwick”, and members of the Pearce family
Benjamin Darley, founder of the Sydney Stock Exchange
William Busby, overseer of Busby’s Bore Project
Helen Christina Morehead (Great Aunt of P.L. Travers and inspiration for the character of Mary Poppins)
H. McCormack (first rector)
Stanley Mitchell (who was buried at sea but is commemorated with headstone in our cemetery)
In more recent times, certain people in the congregation have had a particular love of the cemetery, with its blend of history and God-given natural beauty. The following video features a poem inspired by this peaceful place and its birdlife.
We regularly receive visitors and enquiries from relatives hoping to find their ancestor’s grave at St Jude’s. Since we do not have staff dedicated to this work, we cannot promise a detailed response. We will try to help if we can. (There is no charge for this work, but please consider making a donation to help with the running of the church office.)
As well as our office, here are some other helpful resources available to those seeking historical information about St Jude’s cemetery.
If you would like to share any information about a person who is buried here, to add to the knowledge of our rich history, this is very welcome. Please get in touch: email@example.com.