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Carrington Cemetery, Port Stephens

Church of St Andrew, Carrington, Port Stephens
Above - The Church of St. Andrew, Carrington, was built by paid labour and completed in December, 1846. The Church was closed in 1949 and for some years was a hostel, in 1997 the church was sold and is now used as a weekender

This cemetery, although not the original cemetery of which there is no trace, is of great interest as it is on the original settlement of the Australian Agricultural Society granted to them in 1826. It contains the graves of Captain Terry of the Whaling Brig "Tigress" who died in 1837 and Captain Cromarty and his son William who were drowned in a boating accident in 1838. These are the oldest known graves on the original estate.

Note: I visited the cemetery 3/1/06 to photograph all the headstones only to find the cemetery is now enclosed by private land with notices forbidding trespassers.

Location:  Approx halfway between Carrington and Tahlee House.
Area:  25m x 14m
Approx No of Burials:  13

CROMARTYWilliam (50yrs) 1838
CROMARTYWilliam (16yrs) 1838
ENGELJosephine Louisa19.12.18209.10.1883
ENGELGeorge Peter 23.3.1900
HARRINGTONHenrietta 21.9.1906
JOASWilliam B., b. Peterhead, SCT, Drowned25.9.185022.3.1883
MAILERJohn, b. Edinburgh SCT8.9.182812.2.1862
SCOTTJohn (62yrs) 14.6.1866
SEBIREPeter Avens30.10.186117.9.1884
SMITHEdward Jones Agnew (86yrs) 28.6.1886
SMITHEllen 6..5.1878
TERRYCapt William, Master of the Whaling Rig 'Tigress' (36yrs) Sep 1837

The Grave of Cecilia Cromarty, wife of Capain Cromarty, she wished to to buried with her husband & son at Carrington Cemetery however stormy seas prevented her wish being carried out and she was buried at Seaview Crescent, Soldiers Point where the boat carrying her coffin was to have been launched.

Grave of Captain Cromarty's wifeThe original headstone (lying flat on the ground) has been replaced with the newer one, a plaque on the old headstone reads

Mrs Cromarty's Grave
Captain William Cromarty
the first white settler, Soldiers Point
with a land grant in 1824 from NSW
Government for "efficent service
rendered to the Government".
The 300 acres took in a large area of
Soldiers Point & Salamander Bay.

Cecelia Cromarty departed this life 15th April, 1862 aged 75yrs

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