Barton, Sir. Edmund b. January 18, 1849 d. January 7, 1920 1st Australian Prime Minister. Born in Sydney, he was one of the main forces behind the Federation Movement. He led a delegation to England that led to Australia becoming a nation on January 1, 1901, and was active in framing the first Constitution. He served as Prime Minister from 1901 to 1903, then resigned to take a seat on the High Court, where he served for sixteen years. During his time as Prime Minister and Judge he did much to organize the new nation. (Bio by: Bigwoo) South Head Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Beaton, Morag b. July 2, 1926 d. April 1, 2010 Opera Singer. An artist able to present the repertoire of both the mezzo and dramatic soprano ranges, she shall probably be best remembered for her interpretation of Puccini's Ice Princess Turandot. Raised in Edinburgh, she was initially taught voice by her mother before joining the Royal Army in 1945. Following three years' service during which she both sang and performed routine duties, she returned home to continue her studies, then moved to London around 1948 where she trained on a part-...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Sydney War Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Bochsa, Nicolas b. August 9, 1789 d. January 6, 1856 Harpist, Composer. One of the foremost 19th Century masters of the harp, he greatly expanded its technical and expressive range. He was also a talented composer, but his accomplishments have been overshadowed by his eccentric and scandal-tainted life. Robert Nicolas Charles Bochsa was born in Montmedy, France, the son of a musician. A child prodigy, he learned to play several instruments with the opera orchestra of Lyon and composed a symphony at age 12. His opera "Trajan" (1805)...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Camperdown Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Cutler, Arthur Roden b. May 24, 1916 d. February 21, 2002 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, he served as Lieutenant in the 2/5th Australian Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, 7th Division. On June 19, 1941, at Merdjayoun Damour area, Syria, the enemy attacked Lieutenant Cutler's post with infantry and tanks. Lieutenant Cutler personally supervised the evacuation of the wounded members of his party and succeeded in establishing another outpost right in the town. Engaging the enemy, his work on...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) South Head Cemetery, Sydney, 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, 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, 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) Old Balmain Cemetery, Sydney, 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, New South Wales, Australia
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, 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, New South Wales, Australia
Kenny, Thomas James Bede b. September 29, 1896 d. April 15, 1953 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Kenny was born at Paddington and educated at the Christian Brothers' College, Waverley. He was working as a chemist's assistant at Bondi when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on August 23, 1915. He was allotted service number 4195 and posted as a reinforcement to the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Australian Division. He embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, aboard HMAT A6 Aeneas on December 20 and disembarked in Egypt on...[Read More] (Bio by: Anthony Staunton) Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Matraville, New South Wales, Australia
Lambert, George b. September 13, 1873 d. May 28, 1930 Artist. Born in Russia to American-English parents, he settled in Australia and during the 1910's and 1920's was that country's most celebrated painter. Lambert was particularly noted for his World War I scenes (he accompanied Australian forces on their ill-fated Gallipoli campaign in 1915) and portraits, painted in a conservative manner. His work fell out of favor almost immediately after his death, although several of his canvases still hang in national galleries in Australia and England. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) South Head Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Longford, Raymond b. September 23, 1878 d. April 2, 1959 Actor, Motion Picture Producer. He was born John Walter Longford in Melbourne, Australia. He was one of Australia's first and most successful actors and film directors. He, along with Lottie Lyell, made a major impact in the Australian film industry, with their most famous work being the 1919 movie "The Sentimental Bloke". His work as a film maker is honored each year when the Australian Film Association presents the "Raymond Longford Award". After his death, his wife arranged for him to be...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
Lyell, Lottie b. February 23, 1890 d. December 21, 1925 Actress. Born Lottie Edith Cox in Sydney Australia, she became that country's first true motion pictyre star. She appeared in twenty films from 1911 to 1919 including "Captain Midnight", The Bush King" and her most famous film, "The Sentimental Bloke". After 1919 her film making was drastically cut back so she could fight the tuberculosis that eventually took her life at a young age. (Bio by: Bigwoo) Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
Maxwell, Joseph b. February 10, 1896 d. July 6, 1967 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales, he served as a Lieutenant in the 18th Battalion Australian Imperial Forces. On October 3, 1918, during an attack on the German lines on the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme line near Estates, North of St. Quentin, Lieutenant Maxwell's company commander was severely wounded early in the advance. Lieutenant Maxwell at once took charge and began to lead in front of his men to the enemy wire under intense fire supported by machine...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Matraville, New South Wales, Australia
May, Ricky b. 1944 d. June 1, 1988 Entertainer: A native of Auckland, New Zealand he came to Australia in 1962 where he became a famous recording star. He was famous for his cabaret style singing and free stlye "scatting". Twice he starred in his own television series. In 1979 he was named the "Australian Entertainer of the Year". An award is given in his name annually for the best television performance of an original song. (Bio by: Bigwoo) Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
Moran, Cardinal. Patrick Francis b. September 16, 1830 d. August 17, 1911 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Third Archbishop of Sydney. A native of Leighlinbridge, near Kildare, in the Irish county of Carlow, he was educated and attended seminary at the Irish College, in Rome, city where he attended also the Urbanian Athenaeum of Propaganda Fide, and was ordained priest on March 19, 1853. In Rome, he worked at the Irish College, first as teacher, from 1853 to 1856, then as its vice-rector, from 1856 to 1866. He was also professor of Hebrew in the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Saint Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
O'Keefe, Johnny b. January 19, 1935 d. October 6, 1978 Entertainer. Born in Sydney he was dubbed "Australia's King of Rock and Roll". He had more Top 40 hits than any other Australian recording artist. From 1958 to 1975 he had five number one hits, eight others in the top ten and recorded sixty-five albums. He was the first Australian artist to have a recording contract, the first to have his own national radio show and the first Australian to host his own weekly national television show. His 1959 hit "Shout" is the "Australian Rock-n-Roll National...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia