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Information Panels in Graveyard

On Saturday 5th April 2014 the 175th anniversary of the first burial in St Peters Graveyard was commemorated. To mark the occasion 12 permanent information panels were installed in the graveyard. These panels relate to people from the local area and their significance in the history of that area. Any visitor to the graveyard can … Continue reading

St Peters Graveyard – causes of death

St. Peters Cook’s River Graveyard  More than a Burial Register On the 5th April 2014, St. Peter’s Church will commemorate the 175th anniversary of the first burial in the graveyard. In preparation for the event the St. Peters Cooks River History Group has compiled, from newspapers of the period 1839-1896, death and funeral notices, obituaries, … Continue reading

Maypole dancing


19th CENTURY COOK’S RIVER  CALENDAR Newspaper accounts of events in the area 1st January, 1848 TO SPORTSMEN. A PIGEON MATCH will take place at Mr. Gannon’s Union Inn, on the corner of what is now Gannon Street and the Princes Highway. Cook’s River, THIS DAY and MONDAY, 1st and 3rd January, when several Prizes will … Continue reading

2012 NSW Government Heritage Volunteer Award

On 11th  December the St Peters Cooks River History Group received an award from the Heritage Council of NSW in recognition of the work they do to promote local history. It stated- The St Peters Cooks River History Group is a committed group of volunteers who have spent many years recording, preserving and promoting the local … Continue reading


  PUGILISM The sport of pugilism, or bare knuckled fighting, was illegal. The names, (although often with an alias) of the participants, and the hoteliers, who stood to gain much from the activity are known, however, the spectators remain anonymous. The exact location of some of the fights is difficult to identify, some being described … Continue reading