First Peoples

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The St. John’s Cemetery Project acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the traditional custodians of the land now known as “Australia.”

Specifically, we acknowledge those who discovered the First Fleeters on their lands in 1788, including the Burramattagal clan of the Darug people, the traditional custodians of nura (country) on which St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta is located.

We also acknowledge that St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta is most likely the final resting place of the son of Woollarawarre Bennelong and husband of Maria Lock: Dicky Bennelong (a.k.a. Thomas Walker Coke).

Finally, we pay respect to elders past, present, and future.