Kiama Cemetery occupies a generous and attractive site close to the ocean and the railway station at Bombo. It consists of denominational portions, a lawn cemetery and two columbaria. It has a sealed internal roadway and parking facilities within the grounds.
The monuments include a number of sandstones dating from 1855, some of which are now so eroded as to be difficult to read. The leaded inscriptions on the many marble stones, however, are in remarkably good condition considering the sea air in which they have stood for decades. The headstones are generally in good order, erect and apparently free from recent vandalism. A number of the older stones that have fallen or broken, for whatever reason, have been repaired and remounted where necessary. The grounds are maintained in excellent condition by the Kiama Municipal Council.
John Arthur visited the cemetery on a number of occasions during September and October 2007 and made digital images of every visible inscription. These include an unusually high number of drownings - even multiple drownings - that have occurred in the area over the years.
John's images may be downloaded from the list of inscriptions for this cemetery. The list was compiled from his images and with reference to the NSW BDM indices and to the Australian War Memorial online military rolls for additional information.
Bombo is about 1km north of Kiama. The cemetery is on the western side of the road with entrance from the highway at the northern end of the site.
Kiama General Cemetery is administered by the Kiama Municipal Council. For further information, contact Council at PO Box 75, Kiama NSW 2533; phone: 02 4232 0444; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Dec 2008
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