Where are Some of Hobart’s Earliest Graves and Who is Buried There

City Health

Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. In this old city, there are the central business district and other built-up areas. In this city, there are descendants buried and different historians say there are lots of gravesides which are hidden. In these numerous gravesides, which were buried under Hobart’s schools and churches, there were burial places of church leaders and disreputable bush rangers.

It is sad to say that these gravesides are turned into schools and parks and when people dig in the garden, they found different remains of humans and also the fragments of coffins.

1.     Cornelian Bay Cemetary:

In the old times, there was an old farm on the banks of the River Derwent. In 1872, the Cornelian Bay Cemetery was officially opened when higher officials saw the poor condition of the old church burial grounds in Hobart’s CBD. In this cemetery, there were very popular Tasmanians buried including the founder of IXL Jams, John Blundstone of Blundstone Boots, notorious bushranger Martin Cash and George Adams.

2. St John’s Park:

In St John’s Park, there were around 400 unmarked graves in which most of the graves contain children and also there were some graves of Aboriginal families. There were also graves of orphanages and graves of the military men and their families. The former politician John Davies was also buried there. In these graves, there was buried the great celebrity of the media named Kerry Packer.

3. Campbell Street Primary School:

Buried under the grounds of the Campbell Street Primary School, there were graves of more than 5000 convicts. This place was formerly used for the convicts who died at the Campbell Street Convict Penitentiary. These convicts were buried away from the general population. Three years before the school was built in 1926, there were roughly 20 bodies that were dug up and moved to the Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

4. St David’s Park:

St David’s Park is present in the center of Hobart’s CBD. It was Tasmania’s oldest graveside and the park was built in 1804. It was used as a general burial ground for the early settlers. There are dozens of people are buried along with the Tasmanian’s first Lieutenant-Governor David Collins. The park was also the buried place of governors, government officials, and chief secretaries. Thomas Burnett who was maritime surveyor is also buried in the park along with his family.

5. Aboriginal Gravesides:

There were about 30 bodies of Aboriginal men that were thrown from a cliff in Tasmania’s northwest area. There were a lot of bloodbaths happening during the black war, at that time people made the mass gravesides in which they disposed of many Aboriginal bodies. When Aboriginal people were displaced to Wybalenna on Flinders Island at the end of the Black War, there was built a graveside for Aboriginal people. In other places, the bones of the dead people were placed in the hollow trees which were used as coffins. According to different studies, the remains of the dead people of Tasmania were places in graves made of bark.