THE FRIENDS OF MAYS HILL CEMETERY
Do you have some old photos of your family's headstone in Mays Hill Cemetery? We would love you to share them with us! We are looking for photos of headstones or general photos of the cemetery to add to our archives. If you would like to help us, please contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you like gardening? Did you know that in the new book "Sydney Cemeteries" by Lisa Murray, Mays Hill Cemetery rated No. 3 in the Top 5 Cemeteries for Floral Displays? Our small group of dedicated volunteer gardeners have worked very hard over the years to achieve this honour but could do with some help...............From Friday 24th February 2017, our volunteers will be working in the cemetery every 2nd Friday for a couple of hours in the morning (weather permitting). If you would like to help us become No. 1 please contact the Secretary on the above email address. (Please note that for insurance purposes you will need to become a member of the Friends to work in the cemetery - Membership is $2.00)
History of The Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery
The first meeting of "The Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery" was held at Jones Park Hall, Burnett Street, Merrylands on Saturday 22nd April 1995.
This meeting was organised after Holroyd City Council advertised for a public meeting to be held to determine interest and public support for the formation of a group of friends to discuss the preservation and rehabilitation of the cemetery. There were eleven members of the public attending, together with the Mayor, Councillor Stuart Graham and a number of council staff members.
Until the 1970's, Mays Hill Cemetery was Crown Land managed by Trustees from the Presbyterian and Baptist congregations. The Trustee system eventually lapsed and Holroyd City Council became the sole Trustee of the cemetery in 1993.
In 1997, restoration work on 70 headstones was completed and that restoration work has continued over the years.
The Friends have continued to raise money for restoration works and since the formation of the group, hundreds of headstones within the cemetery have been restored.
The Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery have also done research on most of the people interred in the cemetery and have been able to assist many members of the public with family history research enquiries.
Meetings and Special Events
The Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery continue to meet at the Jones Park Hall, Burnett Street, Merrylands on the 3rd Saturday of every second month at 1pm.
Dates for 2017:
Saturday 18th February - Public Meeting
Special Event : Sunday 5th March - Bus Tour with Judith Dunn - Bookings Essential - Limited places available. Please contact the Secretary to make a booking
Saturday 15th April - Public Meeting
Special Event : Sunday 30th April - Tour of the Cemetery - Bookings Essential. Please contact the Secretary to make a booking
Saturday 17th June - Public Meeting
Saturday 12th August - Public Meeting includes the Annual General Meeting. This meeting is being held on the 2nd Saturday of the month due to extenuating circumstances
Saturday 21st October - Public Meeting
Saturday 16th December - Public Meeting and Christmas Afternoon Tea