Vandals Destroy Headstones at Wilberforce Cemetery
Vandals destroyed or severely
damaged headstones in mid September 2003 at the historic Wilberforce
Cemetery. About 25 headstones recording about 50 names were affected. Some
of the headstones were smashed into pieces whilst others, pushed over.
Wilberforce is one of the oldest surviving cemeteries in Australia with
many pioneering families including 3 First Fleet arrivals. Fortunately the
information has been transcribed by local historian, Cathy McHardy and
most of the headstones photographed. Check the full list of names of the
damaged graves below.
The newly formed Friends of
Wilberforce Cemetery are keen to make contact with descendants or families
connected to the damaged graves. Send your contact details to the
Please feel free to pass this information on to interested person and groups.
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|Reference:||Cathy McHardy and Hawkesbury Gazette, Wednesday 24 September, 2003|
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