Waverley Cemetery, New South Wales

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The Waverley Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery on top of the cliffs at Bronte in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 1877 and built by R. Watkins (cemetery lodge, 1878) and P. Beddie (cemetery office, 1915), the cemetery is noted for its largely intact Victorian and Edwardian monuments. It is regularly cited as being one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. The cemetery contains the graves of many significant Australians including the poet Henry Lawson. It is also known as Waverley Cemetery and General Cemetery Waverley. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 28 October 2016.
The cemetery is owned by Waverley Council and is self-funded, deriving its income from interments – including burial, cremation, memorials and mausolea – of which there has been over 86,000. Waverley Cemetery was used during the filming of the 1979 Mel Gibson film Tim. The cemetery was designed to function along similar lines to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

Funerals are conducted Monday to Saturday.
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  • I would rate this cemetery in my top 3 of all-time, after Pere Lachaise cemetery (Paris) and Bonaventure cemetery (Savannah, American Civil War). Like many have said, this is on the walk between...  more »
  • I have waked past this cemetery many times when doing the coastal walk but I finally decided to stop and have a look. The views are spectacular and it gives you the feeling of a great place to be...  more »
  • There are people throw water ball to pedestrians on boundary street. They are in the cemetery. please be careful. On boundary street, It’s pretty empty even at day time.
  • a few famous people here henry Lawson francis birtles and my great grandmother
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