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Burials2019-09-09T20:58:52+10:00

Burials

For those searching for information on Jewish burials, the lack of a central database recording details of some 88,000 Jews who now lie buried under Australian soil has posed a significant challenge.

There are 300 burial sites ranging from single graves in lonely outposts to over 21,000 graves at Rookwood NSW.

Australian Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) has taken on the task of consolidating as much information as possible in one large searchable database.

The basis of this database has been the work carried out over a period of 28 years in the late 20th Century, by Beverley Davis OAM.

Beverley, with the support of Society members, built an invaluable online resource the Beverley Davis Burial Data Collection known as the BD-BD. Beverley transcribed over 40,000 Jewish headstones and burial records from cemeteries in Australia and New Zealand, plus Australian War graves overseas.

Sometimes, there are discrepancies between the information provided by Chevrei Kadisha and the family’s inscription on the headstone. In this case, both are recorded.

Given the vast amount of information, we have created some different viewing options to suit different search requirements.

  • ‘Quick Reference’ view minimises the number of columns and therefore scrolling. It’s ideal for searching for basic information about an individual. Each record also has a ‘View’ button which enables you to see all the information extracted from the table about a single entry on one screen.

  • ‘Inscription’ view where you can easily see and search through the inscriptions on headstones where available.

  • ‘Mobile Reference” view is for users of personal electronic devices with limited screen space and just shows name and cemetery. Again using the ‘View’ button takes you to the full information on that burial

  • ‘Detailed’ view presents all the information in a table format providing the extensive search options on all fields.

We welcome corrections and additional information and will incorporate these in subsequent updates.

How to use this Database

Please click on the headings below for more information pertaining to some of the columns, to assist in your understanding of the logic used to develop the database and help with your research.

The database may be sorted on any of field. Each field is text searchable using ‘magnifying glass’ filters at the top of each column.

Name

Full Names are displayed in the format Surname, (Honorific), Given Name, (Post Nominal)

e.g. JOEL, The Hon Sir Asher KBE AO

Other Name

Generally these are maiden names which have appeared on headstones.

aka

When other names or spellings are available, these are shown in the field also known as or aka

Hebrew Names

Transcriptions include Hebrew names in Roman text, relevant dates and genealogical information. We have attempted to be as accurate as possible, but many older headstones are faded or damaged and inscriptions may be incomplete or incorrectly transcribed. Sometimes, there are discrepancies between the information provided by Chevrei Kadisha and the family’s inscription on the headstone. In this case, both are recorded.

Gender

Gender has been specified either where known or where gender can be deduced from the English given name e.g. David and Michael are assumed male; Susan and Edith are assumed female. Hebrew names are gender specific i.e. ben indicates son e.g. Shmuel ben Moshe is male; or batindicates daughter e.g. Rivka bat Avraham is female.

In cases where the given name is unknown or not commonly in use in English, we have left the field blank.

Similarly many names today are not definitively male or female e.g. Alex. These have also been left blank if there is no other indication of gender such as an inscription on the headstone referring to husband of.

Sources

We have gathered information from multiple sources. In many cases, the information about a burial is a composite from multiple sources.

e.g. BD is from the original Beverley Davis Burials Database (BD-BD)

SCK is Sydney Chevra Kadisha

SCK201812 is extracted from Sydney Chevra Kadisha Dec 2018.

Source abbreviations are:

ACA Adelaide Cemetery Authority
BCK Brisbane Chevra Kadisha
BCK Brisbane & Gold Coast Chevra
BD Beverley Davis Burial Database (BD-BD)
Broken Hill BrokenHill
BS Barry Stephenson, Goulburn
DL Denise Lvov
JOWBR Jewish Online World Burial Registry
JS Jeff Schneider, Hobart
MCK Melbourne Chevra Kadisha
PCK Perth Chevra Kadisha
SCK Sydney Chevra Kadisha
StK St Kilda
Svale Springvale Botanical Cemetery
SvaleCrem Sprintvale Crematorium
TN Terry Newman, Sydney
WA WA Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

AJHS appreciates the contributions of many Chevrei Kadisha and individuals in providing burial information.

Dates

In many cases, we have only partial dates. So that researchers can specify a date range for searches and rather than create dummy dates e.g. 1-Jan-1904 when only the year 1904 is known, key dates are also given in reverse form to facilitate searches where only the year or year and month are available i.e. 29-Sept-1994 is displayed as 19940929.

Cemetery Naming, Cemetery Code and Cemetery Group

We have tried to standardise on naming cemeteries first by city/suburb and state and then by common name

e.g. Centennial Park in Adelaide is listed as Adelaide SA, Centennial Park

Often there are multiple cemeteries with different names within a commonly used name for a cemetery area

e.g. N08 Raphaels Ground

N11 Rookwood Old

N12 Rookwood Jewish

are all consolidated into the Cemetery Group N11 Rookwood

Overseas Cemeteries & Repatriated to

While this database focuses on burials in Australia, on occasion Australian Chevrei Kadisha prepare remains for interment overseas. As these records may be included in the information provided, we have incorporated this data where available. The country where known appears in the field Repatriated to

Relationships

This data has been extracted from the inscription on the headstone.

e.g. Daughter of Lewis & Selah [Celia] (nee Beer), Wife of Benjamin Ernest

Transfer To, Transfer Notes and Applicant

When early grave sites have been relocated e.g. Devonshire St Cemetery in Sydney to Bunnerong or Raphaels Ground Rookwood, Notes on the Transfer and who made the application have been included.

Ref No

For internal administrative purposes only.

This is a unique identifier which is a composite of the first two letters of surname plus first letter of given name plus date of death or date of funeral if date of death is unavailable. The date are in reverse format (YYYYMMDD).

An optional A or B is appended if there have been multiple interments.

e.g. AAJ18651204A for Aarons, Joseph who died on 4-Apr-1865 and was reinterred from Devonshire St to Raphaels Ground.

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