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)

Sir Alfred Stephen, Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Justice of the colony and his son, the Rev. Alfred Stephen. (Wikipedia entry)

Sir Edward Deas Thomson, Colonial Secretary and son-in-law of Governor Bourke. (Wikipedia entry)

Mrs. Ann Hordern, wife of Anthony Hordern, matriarch of Retail dynasty

Sir Edward Knox (Wikipedia entry)

Henry Mort, and members of the Mort family.

Charles D’Arcy Wentworth

Alexander Playfair, and members of the Playfair family

H. Hollingsworth

Archdeacon Cowper – Rector of St Phillip’s Church, Sydney (Wikipedia entry)

Alfred Cheeke (Wikipedia entry)

Terence Aubrey Murray, President of the Legislative Council of N.S.W. (Wikipedia entry)

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 James Martin, a Chief-Justice of N.S.W. (Wikipedia entry)

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)

Former Rectors:

H. McCormack (first rector)

Stanley Mitchell (who was buried at sea but is commemorated with headstone in our cemetery)

Zachary Barry 

William Hough

William Cakebread

Oscar Abram

Roy Lovitt


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.

  • The Find a Grave – Millions of Cemetery Records website contains a searchable database of graves from around the world, often including photographs of headstones. Many of the of the graves in St Jude’s cemetery are on this database.
  • Randwick Historical Society has produced a wealth of material about the history of our local area, including two publications specifically related to St Jude’s Cemetery: The Living Among the Dead: Tales from St Jude’s Cemetery, Randwick and St Jude’s Cemetery Randwick (containing a burial list and gravestone transcriptions). These are available for purchase here.

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: