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Welcome to Penrith City Council’s Penrith Valley Cemeteries information pages.
Penrith is located in the outer western suburbs of Sydney, and the cemeteries service the local population of 197,000 as well as the region extending eastward to Blacktown and westward to the Blue Mountains.
Each of the cemeteries in Penrith is over 100 years old, and they certainly reflect the social and cultural history of the region. Some cemeteries are of national historical significance, and each has particular values worthy of preservation and conservation.
The Penrith local government area has 14 cemeteries, most of which are closed and historically significant. Penrith Council directly manages three operational Crown Reserve cemeteries, being:
Penrith General Cemetery – Cox Avenue, Kingswood;
- Emu General Cemetery – Mundy Street, Emu Plains; and
- St Marys General Cemetery – Great Western Highway, St Marys.
Penrith Council also is Trustee for Crown Reserve Portion 281 in Church Road, Castlereagh which is land set aside for cemetery purposes. The site is rich in environmental and cultural value, and Council is yet to commence any investigations related to the future development of the site for a cemetery.
Portion 281 surrounds the Castlereagh Anglican Cemetery. The Castlereagh Anglican Cemetery is one of Penrith’s most significant cemeteries. Penrith Council has entered into an arrangement with the St Stephens Anglican Parish to maintain the historic St Stephen the Martyr Cemetery in High Street, Penrith.
At the Castlereagh Uniting Church Cemetery at Portion 71 Castlereagh Road, Upper Castlereagh extensive restoration works have been undertaken.
The McCarthy Catholic Cemetery in McCarthy’s Lane, Cranebrook is located within the extensive Penrith Lakes developments. The ownership of this cemetery is still to be determined.
The Londonderry Methodist Cemetery site is now privately owned. The cemetery is inactive and is in a poor state.
The Luddenham Uniting Church Cemetery on The Northern Road at Luddenham, remains in good condition.
Within the picturesque rural village of Mulgoa is the St Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery. This cemetery still has occasional burials. The monuments in this cemetery are generally well preserved.
In contrast, the Sir John Jamison Catholic Cemetery in Lilac Place, South Penrith has borne the brunt of systematic attack over recent decades as the local area became urbanized. Unfortunately little remains of the significant historic fabric of the cemetery.
The St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church Cemetery on Great Western Highway at St Marys is another good example of a well preserved historically significant cemetery.