First Peoples

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Parramatta Burial Ground acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands now known collectively 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 the Parramatta Burial Ground (St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta) is located.

We also acknowledge that the Parramatta Burial Ground (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.