Dowling, Sir. James b. November 25, 1787 d. September 27, 1844 Judge. Born in London, a son of Vincent Dowling of Queen's County, Ireland. He went to St Paul's School, London, and then became a parliamentary reporter until he was called to the Bar in May 1815. He practised at the Middlesex Sessions and, with Archer Ryland, edited King's Bench Reports 1822-31, in nine volumes, and Magistrates' Cases 1822-27, in four volumes. James applied to the Colonial Office for an appointment and in June 1827, he was offered the post of chief justice at Dominica, but in...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Waverley Cemetery, Bronte, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Durack, Sarah Frances 'Fanny' b. October 27, 1889 d. March 20, 1956 Australian Swimmer. She was Australia's first great swimmer. During her 15 year career, she broke at least 11 world records, and competed in distances up to 100 yards to a mile. In 1912 she won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1920 she was getting ready to defend her title at the Antwerp Games but fell ill. She later turned to coaching and then retired shortly thereafter. (Bio by: K) Waverley Cemetery, Bronte, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Dwyer, Michael b. 1772 d. August 23, 1825 The large monument actually contains the mortal remains of Michael Dwyer, the "Wicklow Chief", a survivor of the Fenian Uprising, and his wife Mary. The poem on the front reads: "Who fears to speak of '98? When cowards mock the patriot's fate. Who blushes at the name? Who hangs his head in shame?" At the rear are the names of the 1798 martyrs, the Easter 1916 martyrs, and a separate headstone at the foot for the ten 1981 hunger strikers who starved themselves to death during Margaret Thatcher...[Read More] Waverley Cemetery, Bronte, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Freeman, Cardinal. James Darcy b. November 19, 1907 d. March 16, 1991 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Sydney born James Darcy Freeman was educated by the Sisters of Charity and the Christian Brothers until entering the St. Columba's Seminary, Springwood, to begin his studies for the priesthood. Moving to St. Patrick's Seminary in Manly to further his studies, he was ordained priest in July 1930. Assistant priest at Grafton and Murwillumbah in the diocese of Lismore and later at Strathfield, Mosman, and St. Mary's Cathedral, Freeman acted as private secretary to Cardinal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Saint Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Gilroy, Cardinal. Norman Thomas b. January 22, 1896 d. October 21, 1977 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Glebe, Norman Thomas Gilroy was the second of six children born to a couple of Irish descent. Attending the convent schools of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the Sisters of Charity, and the Marist Brothers, he interrupted his brief schooling to work for an estate agent at the age of twelve and ultimately left the following year. Joining the postmaster general's department as a telegraph messenger, he passed the telegraphist examination after a year and...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Saint Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Gorman, James b. August 21, 1834 d. October 18, 1882 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in the Islington district London, England, he served as a Seaman in the Royal Navy. On November 5, 1854, at the Battle of Inkermann Crimea, Seaman Gorman with two others manned a Lancaster Battery parapet and held the Russians at bay with steady rifle fire, while his colleagues below reloaded and passed rifles up. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the War Victoria on February 24, 1857. He later served in the Second Anglo-Chinese War (1856-...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt, Leichhardt Municipality, New South Wales, Australia Plot: Grave is unmarked. His name is listed on the War Memorial in Pioneers Park, Sydney.
Guest, Rob (Robert John) b. July 17, 1950 d. October 2, 2008 Actor, Prolific Stage Entertainer and Pop Singer. Grew up in New Zealand after emigrating from England. Became one of New Zealand's Pop idols in the 1970s, on shows like "Happen in". He then moved to Australia to try his hand at Musical theater. He was the longest running Phantom of the Opera performing 2,289 in the roll of the Phantom. He was also well known as the lead in "Le Misarables" in Australia and New Zealand. Guest was playing in the Australia production of "Wicked", when he had a...[Read More] (Bio by: Jeff J) Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia
Hall, Arthur Charles b. August 11, 1896 d. February 25, 1971 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Granville, Sydney, Australia, he served as a Corporal in the 54th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. On September 1, 1918, the 54th Battalion was ordered to take the ground between the River Somme and Péronne, France. Advancing toward the first trench line held by German machine guns, Corporal Hall with another comrade rushed the post, shooting four men and taking twenty-two prisoners. Then he personally led assault parties, capturing many small...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Saint Matthews Anglican Churchyard, Coolabah, Bogan Shire, New South Wales, Australia
Hall, Benjamin b. May 9, 1837 d. May 5, 1865 Bushranger. Born near Maitland, New South Wales, in 1837, the fourth of eight children. His parents were Benjamin and Eliza Somers Hall. At that time, Benjamin senior was an overseer on the Doona run, located on the Liverpool Plains north of where the village of Murrurundi would later be founded. Severe drought forced Benjamin to leave Doona and in 1839 he moved his family north from Maitland to live in a small, isolated valley high in the Liverpool Ranges, a place still known today as Ben...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, Forbes Shire, New South Wales, Australia Plot: Gunshot wounds
Hamilton, Pvt. John Patrick b. January 24, 1896 d. February 27, 1961 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Orange, New South Wales, Australia, he served as a Private in the 3rd Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. On the morning of August 9, 1915, during the Battle of Lone Pine Gallipoli, the Turks launched an attack with intense rifle and machine-gun fire. Near Sasse's Sap the 3rd Battalion was ordered to counter-attacked and drive back the Turkish soldiers. Private Hamilton with a few comrades went out of the trenches to fire on the enemy advancing...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Woronora Cemetery and Crematorium, Sutherland, Sutherland Shire, New South Wales, Australia Plot: C. of E. Section 8, Grave 518.
Hart, Pro b. May 30, 1928 d. March 28, 2006 Artist, Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth in 1976 for contribution to the arts. Born Kevin Charles Hart in Broken Hill New South Wales, Pro was raised on his parents sheep property 'Laloona Station'just outside Menindee. Due to his talent in the arts and his knack for inventing he was nicknamed 'Professer' hence the name Pro. He was a miner in his younger years and captured images of the Australian Outback by painting at night. First recognised in 1950 when he was...[Read More] (Bio by: Lifes a fatal disease!) Broken Hill Cemetery, Broken Hill, Broken Hill City, New South Wales, Australia Plot: Section 5, Row 7, Grave 22
Heathcote, Alfred Spencer b. March 29, 1832 d. February 21, 1912 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the 60th Rifles, British Army. Throughout the Siege at Delhi, India, June to September, 1857, Lieutenant Heathcote placed himself in extreme danger. Despite being wounded, he volunteered his services especially during the six days of severe of fighting in the streets after the Assault. For extreme gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on January 20, 1860 and achieved the rank of Colonel. He...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bowral Cemetery, Burradoo, Wingecarribee Shire, New South Wales, Australia
Hickey, Thomas b. March 9, 1986 d. February 14, 2004 Australian Civil Rights Icon. He was an Aborigine boy who was riding his bicycle home when he encountered police and for unknown reasons fled from them. He was killed when he crashed his bike and became impaled on a metal fence. Police denied chasing him, although several people witnessed a chase. Due to the Sydney police department's long established record of racist behavior against the Aboriginal community, the incident caused rioting in which 30 police officers were injured. (Bio by: Always with Love) Walgett Cemetery, Walgett, Walgett Shire, New South Wales, Australia
Howse, Sir. Neville Reginald [cenotaph] b. October 26, 1863 d. September 19, 1930 Australian Army Major General, Second Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient, Politician. As a lieutenant in the New South Wales Medical Corps, he was awarded the VC for actions at Vredefort, South Africa on July 24, 1900. Under heavy crossfire, during which his horse was shot from under him, he carried a wounded soldier from the field to shelter. He was the first member of the Australian forces to receive the honor. Born at Stogursey, Somerset, England, he studied medicine at London Hospital...[Read More] (Bio by: Anthony Staunton) Rookwood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Rookwood, Auburn City, New South Wales, Australia Plot: Wall 25, Panel C
Hughes, William Morris b. September 25, 1862 d. October 28, 1952 Australian Prime Minister. Born in London, England, he moved to Australia at the age of twenty-two. He did odd jobs to make a living including umbrella mending and working as a galley hand on a coastal steamer. He became a member of the Australian Socialist League and soon was one if its most famous speakers. His popularity as a speaker led him to politics where he was elected to the Parliament in 1901. He became Prime Minister as a member of the Labor Party from 1915 to 1916. One of his first...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia
Hunter, Rita b. August 15, 1933 d. April 29, 2001 Opera Singer. A well-respected recitalist, and teacher, she performed for many years and reached international stardom, especially through her performances and recordings as 'Brunnhilde' in Wagner's Ring Cycle. She sang throughout Europe and in the United States, appearing at the Metropolitan in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. In the early 1980s, she moved to Australia and performed there for many seasons as well. She wrote an autobiography “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” in 1986 (...[Read More] Cause of death: Cancer Field of Mars Cemetery, North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia
Hutchence, Michael Kelland [cenotaph] b. January 22, 1960 d. November 22, 1997 Singer, songwriter, 1980's pop culture icon. He was the doe-eyed front man for the popular 1980s New Wave rock band, INXS ("In Excess"). Born to Kelland and Patricia Kennedy Hutchence at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Hutchence lived most of his early years in Hong Kong, where his father worked for an Australian trading company. The young Michael was an athletic swimmer and showed a precocious interest in poetry and music. At the age of 8, he made...[Read More] (Bio by: Kathy Riley Williams) Cause of death: Suicide Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia