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Historic Jewish Cemeteries2017-11-12T05:18:38+00:00

There are approximately 750 NSW cemeteries which in the past had a Jewish section.

Yellow markers show the locations of known Jewish burials. Click on the town name on the right or the marker for more information. Town names with [*] have a Jewish burial. An explanation of these cemeteries appeared in the AJHS Newsletter #91, Nov. 2010.The information comes from lists held by the Society and from other publications covering transfers from the cemetery including:

  • 1. Johnson, K.A. and Sainty, M.R., Sydney Burial Ground 1819-1901.
  • 2. History of Sydney’s Early Cemeteries from 1788. Library of Australian History, Sydney 2001.

There were some inconsistencies in the lists used. Notes and alternate spelling of names have been included where necessary.

Four significant Jewish Cemeteries in Australia which are now disused or which no longer exist with the names of those who are known to be buried there are

Rookwood cemetery has been the main Jewish burial ground in Sydney since 1867.  Jewish Cemetery Trust has search facilities and maps of burials.

For burials in the Old Jewish Section at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney including details of transfers from Devonshire Street Cemetery, the recommended source is the CD published by the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society.

The State Records Authority of New South Wales has a page devoted to cemetery records. Where it is indicated that the transfer was to “Raphaels”, there may be more details in that list.

The cemetery lists draw on a number of lists prepared by members of the AJHS over the years. The year of death has, where possible, been confirmed by referring to the Historical Index Search at the New South Wales Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. The work of David Ralph, archivist of the Goulburn Historical Society, in researching the burials at the cemetery, is also gratefully acknowledged.

“Devonshire Street Cemetery re-interment register and index” was produced by the Library of Australian History, North Sydney, 1999. A copy is held by the State Library of New South Wales. That document has not been consulted.

The above information was prepared by Helen Bersten, Gary Luke and Colin Choat from datan held by the Australian Jewish Historical Society. The contribution of George Bergman, Louise Rosenberg and Terry Newman for providing details regarding many of the people buried in these cemeteries is acknowledged.

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