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 the Darug Peoples, the traditional custodians of Iyura (Eora) nura (country) who in January 1788 discovered the First Fleeters on their lands, including the Burramattagal clan, the traditional custodians of the land on which St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta is located.
We also acknowledge that St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta is 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.