Waverley Cemetery Walk 1

Two red granite horse troughs stand sentinel at the gates of historic Waverley Cemetery, which opened in 1877 and covers an area of approximately 41 acres.

Some of the notable persons who are buried in Waverley Cemetery are listed hereunder and the locations of the graves are shown by corresponding numbers on the map of the cemetery at the end of this page:

  1. MILITARY FORCES OF NEW SOUTH WALES MEMORIAL Buried here are Lieut. T. Hammond, Lieut. R. Bedford, Corpl. J. McKee and Bugler C. Bennett, killed in April 1891 by the premature explosion of a submarine mine during the Middle Head Easter encampment.
  2. ROBERT COOPER WALKER ( 1833-1897) Principal librarian of Sydney's Free Public Library, he pioneered systematic organisation, cataloguing and classifying. In 1877 he became principal librarian of the Sydney Municipal Library. In 24 years he built the collection to its first 100,000 volumes, attracting 200,000 visitors a year.
  3. ROBERT HOWARD the NSW. State hangman c.1875-1904, nicknamed "Nosy Bob" and "the Gentleman Hangman". Lived at Bondi Beach and died in 1906.
  4. SIR ROBERT WISDOM ( 1830-1888) barrister and politician. While Attorney General in 1879 he prosecuted Andrew George Scott, the bush ranger known as "Captain Moonlite", who was found guilty of murder and hanged in 1880.
  5. 5a. EBENEZER VICKERY (1827-1906) merchant, manufacturer, philanthropist, politician. He gave the Lyceum Theatre, Sydney, to the Methodist Church, and his residence "Edina" is now the main building of the War Memorial Hospital, Waverley.

    5b. GUSTAVIUS WATERHOUSE, in the same family grave. Vickery's son-in-law. Was Mayor of Waverley 1897-1898.
  6. ELIZA O'FLAHERTY (nee Winstanley) actress and authoress, 1818-1882. Was the idol of Australian theatre audiences in the 1830's 1840's, and enjoyed considerable success in England and America.
  7. WILLIAM JOSEPH TRICKETT (1843-1916) solicitor and politician. His father supervised construction of the Sydney Mint. Mayor of Woollahra 1879-81, 1886-88.
  8. THOMAS HENRY KENDALL (1839-1882) "regarded as the finest poet Australia had produced", a true lover of the Australian bush. The first to express a distinct appreciation of his native land in verse.
  9. SIR FRANCIS FORBES (1784-1841) First Chief Justice of New South Wales, appointed in 1823. He is inseparably connected with the introduction into N.S.W. of trial by jury, and by 1833 had decided that all free persons, regardless of their convict past, were entitled to all privileges of free men.
  10. LT.COL. GEORGE JOHNSTON (1764-1823) arrived with the First Fleet on the "Lady Penrhyn" and overthrew Governor William Bligh during the Rum Rebellion.
  11. (JOHN) THOMAS PLAYFAIR (1832-1893) butcher and ships' provedore to windjammers. Elected to Sydney City Council in 1875, he became Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1885, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1889.
  12. MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN SOAME RICHARDSON, C.B. (1836-1896) Commandant of the NSW. Military Forces 1871-1892. His burial with full military honours symbolised his great contribution to the founding of the Australian military tradition.
  13. SIR GEORGE BOWEN SIMPSON (1838-1915) politician and judge. Became a member of the Legislative Council and Attorney General in 1885, and in 1894 a judge of the Supreme Court. Knighted in 1909. Twice Acting Governor. Spoke often on law reform and resisted weakening of trial by jury.
  14. SIR ALFRED ROBERTS (1823-1898) surgeon, Director of Prince Alfred Hospital; honorary surgeon to the Clergy Daughters'School (now St. Catherine's School, Waverley); responsible for the construction of Prince Henry Hospital.
  15. SIR JAMES MARTIN (1820-1886) He twice became Premier of N.S.W. and was appointed Chief Justice in 1873. Martin Place, Sydney is named after him, and Lady Martin's Beach at Point Piper, after his wife. (William Bede Dalley was his brother-in-law see 28 below)
  16. 16a. DOROTHEA MACKELLAR, O.B.E. (1885-1968) poet and writer. Her most famous poem "My Country" was written about 1904. She was described as a "lyrist of colour and light in love with the Australian landscape".

    16b. SIR CHARLES KINNAIRD MACKELLAR (1844-1926) physician, politician and businessman. Father of Dorothea.
  17. SIR JAMES DOWLING (1787-1844) Chief Justice of N.S.W. He was remarkable for his uprightness and impartiality, and for a painstaking and anxious industry rarely equalled. The Mitchell Library holds many of his notebooks, reports and official correspondence, all in his copperplate handwriting.
  18. SIR ADRIAN KNOX (1863-1932) Chief Justice of N.S.W. When young he attended school at Waverley House. While Chairman of the Australian Jockey Club in 1906-1919, "had much to do with lifting the tone of racing in N.S.W". An executive of the Red Cross during World War I.
  19. WILLIAM GREGORY WALKER (1846-1910) Supreme Court Judge.
  20. 20a. SIR HERBERT MAITLAND (1868-1923) surgeon. First lecturer in clinical surgery when Sydney Hospital became a clinical school of the university, in 1909. Knighted in 1915. Surgeon at the 4th Aust. General Hospital, Randwick during World War I. Director of Sydney Hospital from 1916.

    20b. SIR FREDERICK FRENCH Commodore of P & O Fleet. Second husband of Lady Mabel Maitland.
  21. HARRY RICKARDS (1845-1911) actor, comedian, theatrical proprietor. In 1893 he bought the Garrick Theatre, Sydney. and renamed it the Tivoli. Known as "Australia's Vaudeville King".
  22. SIR ROBERT WILLIAM DUFF (1835-1895) Governor of N.S.W. 1893-1895. The first N.S.W. Governor to die in office, he was given an impressive military funeral. He served in England's parliament with Robert Lowe of Bronte House fame, became a civil lord of the admiralty, and a privy councillor in 1892.
  23. SIR WILLIAM JOHN MACLEAY ( 1820-1891) pastoralist, politician and patron of science. He once beat off an attack by Ben Hall's gang while travelling to the Murrumbidgee. Lived at Elizabeth Bay House for almost 30 years; descendant of original owner.
  24. HENRY MARCUS CLARK d.l913. Arrived in Australia from England in 1880. In 1883 he started a small drapery shop which prospered and became Marcus Clark ~ Co., retail store.
  25. DAVID FLETCHER Irish-born, d. 1890 aged 75. Dentist. The first to have the title Mayor of Waverley, in 1868.
  26. WALLACE ARTHUR PROUDFOOT Champion surf swimmer, member of the South Narrabeen Surf Club, he was given the Meritous Award, one of the highest distinctions conferred by the Surf Life Saving Association. He was killed in 1934, aged 32, in a motor lorry accident while returning from a Surf Carnival at Bondi Beach.
  27. WILLIAM HOWE Mayor of Waverley, 1933-34. Died while in office.
  28. WILLIAM BEDE DALLEY (1831-1888) barrister and politician, son of convict parents. While Acting Premier in 1885 he sent N.S.W. troops to fight in the Sudan, the first armed force to be dispatched overseas by a British Colony. In 1886 he was the first Australian to be appointed to the Privy Council.
  29. DANIEL HENRY DENIEHEY (1822-1865) son of a convict. He was a pre-eminently gifted personality, orator, lawyer, literary editor, critic and politician.
  30. JULIAN EDMUND TENISON-WOODS (1832-1889) catholic priest, educationalist and scientist. Esteemed as a preacher and missionary, he was a dedicated priest, an outstanding, though stubborn, religious leader and an advanced educationalist.
  31. U.S. CIVIL WAR VETERANS Phineas S. Thompson (1836-1900) was a Captain of 178 N.Y. Infantry. John S. Thompson (1843-1890) served in Company K 10th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  32. IRISH MONUMENT OF 1798 built above the grave of Michael Dwyer, "the Wicklow Chief" and his wife, Mary, and dedicated to the "Patriots of 1798" and "Easter Week 1916".
  33. LAWRENCE HARGRAVE (1850-1915) aeronautical pioneer, inventor and explorer. Invented the box kite and in 1894 lifted himself from Stanwell Park beach in a four-kite construction. His is the face on the Australian $20 note.
  34. VICTOR THOMAS TRUMPER (1877-1915) international cricketer the "incomparable batsman". In first-class matches he scored a total of 16,928 runs, which included 42 centuries. In Tests against England he made 2,263 runs with six centuries.
  35. SIR JOHN DUNNINGHAM (1884-1938) Mayor of Randwick 192728. Book maker and treasurer of Tattersall's Club 192831. Parliamentarian from 1928, he was minister in charge of Australia's 150th Anniversary celebrations. as well as for the Coronation, in 1937.
  36. FRANCIS O'BRIEN (1816-1896) owner of the Bondi Estate of 51 acres his private ownership of Bondi Beach finally ended in 1882, when public access to the beach became free.
  37. 37a. GEORGE MURE BLACK (1854-1936) politician and journalist. Subeditor of the Bulletin, a member of the initial Labor Party and elected in 1891, he became a Cabinet Minister in 1915, and Colonial Secretary 1916.

    37b. ROSALIND SINGLETON BLACK (1865-1917) Vice-President of the Red Cross Society amongst many others, and a valiant worker for hospitals, women and infants.
  38. EVELYN 'QUEENIE' PAUL actress, nightclub entertainer, "a great lady of Australian show-business". Final curtain 31st July, 1982, aged 87, after 71 years on stage.
  39. RODERIC JOSEPH QUINN C18671949) poet and writer. He wrote in a period "when melody in Australian poetry took on a wistful, penetrating mood". A friend and contemporary of Henry Lawson.
  40. TOMB OF THE FRANCISCAN FATHERS of Mary Immaculate Church and Friary, Waverley.
  41. JOSEPH BARRACLUFF (1861-1918) Mayor of Waverley 19141915, he owned and operated an ostrich farm along Old South Head Road from 1889, covering some 10 acres, when ostrich feathers were popular for ladies' hats. fans and dress ornaments.
  42. HENRY LAWSON (1867-1922) famous writer and poet. "He was the poet of Australia, the minstrel of the people". His long association with the Bulletin began in 1887. His portrait is on the $10 note.
  43. DAME CONSTANCE D'ARCY (1979-1950) obstetrician and gynaecologist. First woman to be appointed an honorary staff member of the Royal Hospital for Women, in 1908. A founder of Rachel Forster Hospital, Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney, in 1943.
  44. THOMAS HOGAN "Father of Waverley Council". Alderman for 22 consecutive years (19331955). Mayor of Waverley 1940, 1943, 1949.

Sources: Waverley Library's Local History Collection; "The Australian Encyclopedia"; "Australian Dictionary of Biography".