Will you let Australia's oldest surviving European cemetery simply crumble away? The Friends of St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta (FOSJ) care for St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta (est. 1790), and we need your help to fund urgent repairs to the cemetery's 1820s convict-built wall, which is "the most substantial sandstock structure remaining in Australia" and "as important as the walls of historic Elizabeth Farm." See photos for images of the damaged convict wall.
These repairs are a major part of the cemetery's ongoing conservation needs and will aid our upcoming campaign to have the currently state listed site added to the national heritage list. Achieving national listing would provide the cemetery with greater opportunities to apply for government funding and ensure that the cemetery can become a tourism destination where visitors can learn about Australian History and its place in the global context for generations to come.
The cemetery is the resting place of Dicky Bennelong, over 50 First Fleeters, individuals associated with the Parramatta Female Factory, pioneers, and diverse people of various religious denominations and nationalities. Learn more about the cemetery's history and significance on "The St. John's Cemetery Project" (https://stjohnscemeteryproject.org/).