(former) St David’s Cemetery, Hobart


Corner of Davey St & Sandy Bay Rd, Hobart. Google Maps.
Established 1804.
Consecrated 1823
Closed 1872.

The original burial ground for the settlement of Hobart Town, and for many years the only one. It was closed after the establishment of Cornelian Bay. After sitting unused for fifty years, it was converted to a park in the 1920s. Some of the larger tombs remain in situ but all the other headstones were removed. The surviving stones have been built into memorial walls at the south-eastern end of the park.

No transcriptions, as they are available elsewhere. Although I did some years ago.

Transcriptions & photos of stones in park & memorial wall
Transcriptions & photos of stones moved to Anglesea Barracks
[Links not working for below]
The LINC has two albums with photos taken prior to and during removal of headstones.

Album 1 is mostly individual stones (see here for more information).
Album 2 is a mixture, including photos taken during removal of headstones (pp. 4,5, 8, 13 & 14).

Photos of headstones in situ.
Ann (1839), Martha (1839), Joseph (died 1861) Hone
Francis George, Mary Ann, Susan & Francis Canes, Samuel Rhodes & Ann Pealey

Some more information & photos.
Drawing, 1847
Two stereoscopic photographs, c. 1870: 1 2
Photograph of Davey St, c.1890
Drawing, undated
Painting, 1923
Photograph of drawing, not dated.

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St John’s Anglican Church & cemetery (site), St Johns Park, New Town


St Johns Ave, New Town. Google Maps. The church is flanked by the buildings of the King/Queen’s Orphan school which were opened two years earlier.
Foundation stone laid 1834.
Opened 1835, to provide a second Anglican church for the residents of Hobart Town and surrounds.
Consecrated 1838.

Some background (and better photos)
Organ (and some nice internal photos)
Friends of the Orphan Schools: background, interesting photos (inc. inside of tower) and associated buildings.
Memorial plaques/stones

Other images:
Plans (1 or 2) and cross-section
Drawing, 1831
Paiting, 1840s
Interior, stereograph c. 1865

Queens Asylum, New Town
St Johns Avenue leading up to church, with  orphan school on either side. (c. 1880, from my collection).
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Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart

As usual, italics are used for transcriptions of information provided at the site.


Background first. Like any respectable city, the many cemeteries in central Hobart were closed down years ago (I say central, because I know there’s at least one small cemetery on the eastern shore, so I assume others small cemeteries in other outlying suburbs). Some were converted to parks, some to school grounds, some to housing developments.

The new cemetery, at Cornelian Bay, was opened in 1872, bordering the river on what was sometime previously the Government farms. The area was divided up among the various religious denominations, the space allocated decided from the previous census. Headstones from other cemeteries were relocated here.
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Photos of St Davids in album on LINC site

On the LINC website there are two albums with photos of St David’s Cemetery prior to and during removal of headstones. This includes some photos of headstones with captions whose names don’t appear to be indexed/photographed elsewhere, or when they do, the existing stone is just a small part of the original monument. So I thought it might be worthwhile doing a quick index of the captions. [Corrections are in square brackets.]

Album 1 (photos are in this unless otherwise stated)
Album 2

Beaumont, George, d. 1828, page 8
Bedford, William, d. 1852, page 2, stone in situ
Bicheno, James, d. 1851, page 10, stone in situ
Bowden, Thomas, d. 1862, page 1, stone in memorial wall
Burnett, Thomas, d. 1837, page 11, stone in situ
Collins, David, d. 1810, page 9, stone in situ
Cuthbertson, John, d. 1821, page 8, [d. 1824?]
Dove, William, d. 1866, page 5 & 13
Ellis, Anne Jane, page 11
Gaylor, Charles, d. 1855, page 5
Gaylor, Phillis, d. 1865, page 5, d. 1869?
Gaylor?, Percy, page 13, [“grandson of C.W Gaylor”]
Hobbs, Anne Jane, d. 1813, page 1,
Hood, Esther Maria, 5/51867, page 7
Hood, Sarah, d. 18/2/1859, page 7
Hutchins, William, d. 1844, page 14, stone in situ [d. 1841]
James, Ann, d. 1848, page 6
James, John, 3/6/1863, page 6
James, Martha, d. 1833, page 6
James, Julia, d. 1834, page 6
James, John Henry, d. 1849, page 6 [d. 1854?]
James, Emily Ann, d. 1853, page 6
James, Arthur Edward, d. 1861, page 6, [d.1862?]
James, William Ernest, d. 1868, page 6
James, William John, d. 1870, page 6
Lacky, Michael, 26/1/1843, page 11, stone in memorial wall [Lackey]
Lacky, William, d. 1846, page 11, stone in memorial wall [Lackey]
Lacky, Mary, d. 1838, page 11, Lackey, d. 1858, stone in memorial wall [Lackey]
Lewis, Charles Benjamin, d. 1853, page 10, stone in memorial wall
Lewis, Richard, d. 1867, page 10, stone in memorial wall
Lewis, caption says “5 descendents Leah, Lizzie, Emma, Mona, Stephen d. 1864” page 10
McGregor, Gregor, d. 1835, Album 2 page 9, stone at Anglesea Barracks
Orr, Harriett, d. 1845, page 3
Pitt, Richard, d. 1826, page 3
Pogson, George Thomas, d. 1853, Album 2, pp 10-12 [d. 1855?]
Pogson, George Edward, d. 1841, Album 2 page 11
Smales, 9Rev) Joseph Holbert, d. 1870, page 4
Smales, Mary Elizabeth, d. 1870, page 4
Smith, Oliver, d. 1852, page 12
Walton, Thomas, d. 1852, page 12
Wilks, Henry, d. 1857, page 12 [d. 1851?]
Wilks, Ernest Ambrose, d. 1839, page 12, [Francis d. 1838? Does have Francis on the stone but can’t make out context]
Young, Thomas Wharton, d. 1837, page 11