Moorfields Church & Cemetery 1851 Heritage Panel

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Moorfields Church & Cemetery 1851, Heritage Panel 18

100 Moorefields Rd, between Wirega Ave. and Glamis St., Kingsgrove Unveiled by Councillor Kayee Griffin, Mayor of Canterbury on 2 May 1998.

In 1851, a Wesleyan Chapel, a small brick building with a shingled roof, was opened on this site. It was built by the local people on land donated by John Chard in the centre of a small farming settlement, known as Moorfields. The first recorded burial in the churchyard was that of Emma Lees in 1855, and the headstone of James Chard (father of John), dated 1856, is the oldest in the cemetery.

District pioneers from Peakhurst, Hurstville, Kingsgrove, Campsie and Earlwood are buried here, and it is said that Aborigines were buried in unmarked graves at the back of the cemetery. A survey in 1983 found 1155 known burials, with more graves where records have been lost. Moorfields Public School (predecessor of Belmore South Public School) began here in 1862. The old church building was demolished in 1967 because it was considered to be beyond repair, and the last Uniting Church service in the replacement church was held in 1990.

Photograph courtesy Uniting Church Archives and Canterbury and District Historical Society. Research for this panel by Lesley Muir and Brian Madden.