St John Cemetery, Reid, ACT, Australia

St John Cemetery
Reid
ACT, Australia

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St John Cemetery, Reid


St Johnís Anglican Church is the oldest church in Canberra, Australia, and also the oldest building within Canberra's city precinct.

The original church was erected by Robert Campbell. The foundation stone was laid in 1841, with the church being consecrated on 12 March 1845 by William Grant Broughton, the first and only Bishop of Australia. Sandstone for the church was sourced from quarries located at the base of Black Mountain and Quarry Hill located in the suburb of Yarralumla.

The church bells were donated by Governor-General William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle and mark his term of office (1961Ė65).

St John's picturesque churchyard contains Canberra's original cemetery and was also the location of Canberra's first school, which now houses the Schoolhouse Museum. The burials in St John's churchyard date from 1844 onwards.

The mortal remains of many pioneers of the Canberra district are interred at St John's. They include the church's long-serving 19th-century rector, the Revd Pierce Galliard Smith, Colonel John George Nathaniel Gibbes, who occupied Yarralumla homestead from 1859 until his death 14 years later and Viscount Dunrossil, a former Governor-General of Australia, who died in office in 1961.


The GPR holds 184 grave and 532 person records for the cemetery.

There have been 17 requests for photographs from the cemetery.

The latest details for the cemetery were added on 14 August 2015

Cemetery Plan

Cemetery Plan

No cemetery plan is currently available on the GPR.

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