Charles St General Cemetery, Launceston

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Opened 1841
Photo as a cemetery
Charles St gate
Closed 1925

Location (as Saint Ockerby Grounds)

Record of location of the graves (Not very useful)
Epitaphs and tombstone inscriptions removed from Charles Street cemetery (Hand written transcriptions)
Cemetery register (list of names, organised by first letter of surname and then date)
Treasurer’s register (Organised by date, gives details of payments made)

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4 thoughts on “Charles St General Cemetery, Launceston

  1. It breaks my heart as to what you have done to your most historic cemeteries. This creation of parks and playing grounds on the site of some of your most historic cemeteries in the colony is nothing short of bastardisation and government vandalism. It is something the powers that be should be, and should forever remain, eternally ashamed of.

    My family have come down to Tasmania from Sydney to stand at the graves of our forbears, Luttrell pioneers who arrived in Tasmania in 1816. And not a single one of our direct ancestors graves now exist to be visited and stood beside. Great grandparents, great great grandparents and great great great grandparents graves in Hobart and Launceston have all been removed and not a single memorial headstone now exists as the cemeteries have been turned into parks and playing fields.

    Dr. Luttrell was the Colonial Surgeon here in1816. His children were ship builders and whaling ship captains and publicans and are mentioned extensively in archival and newspaper records. But you have destroyed their monuments, and their graves, albeit removing and relocating a few monuments, but none of ours, and you have turned their final peaceful resting places into playgrounds that have people walking all over their graves. This leaves their descendants totally disenfranchised and completely removed from the remotest connection to their relatives.

    Now there is nowhere one can stand beside a grave and feel an emotional attachment to those pioneer relatives that have gone before. And all this in the name of progress. Shameful!

    • I am too devastated. I have just begun an exciting journey into my heritage with Ancestry.com and have found two relatives that were buried here. How do I find out about more if I can’t even visit a head stone. Very sad that most record keeping was not the best, but I have no where else to turn to find out about the rich Tasmanian history of my past fore bearers.

      • There is a Luttrell plot at Geelong West Cemetery. Its in rather bad shape. Descendants of Hobart Bagdad /Blackbrush Luttrells.

  2. I am too devastated. I have just begun an exciting journey into my heritage with Ancestry.com and have found two relatives that were buried here. How do I find out about more if I can’t even visit a head stone. Very sad that most record keeping was not the best, but I have no where else to turn to find out about the rich Tasmanian history of my past fore bearers.

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