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 can help us, please contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.