St Peters Church registers reflect the social changes of the area from the time of wealthy merchants, shell gatherers and lime burners till it became a residential suburb of tradesmen, especially brickmakers. Many families have been involved in our church since its first service was conducted on the 13th May 1838.

A photo of a drawing of the early days of the village of St Peters Cooks River
Village of St Peters Cooks River Sydney

If you are interested in finding out how your ancestors were connected with St Peters please contact our history team by using our contact form.

or writing to –
History @ St Peters
187 Princes Highway,
St Peters 2044

Providing you information from our registers to family historians is free of charge.

Research resources include –
Burials at St Peters 1839 -1896 (Computer data base)
Baptisms 1838 – 1920 (Computer data base)
Marriages 1838 – 1920 (Computer data base)
Later Baptisms and Marriages on microfiche.
Minutes of Annual vestry meetings which include lists of pew holders, names of people holding positions within the church and those employed to provide services.

Newspaper items on deaths, funerals and inquests for people buried in graveyard.

St Peters Records are now on the Ancestry website. NOTE for burials the cemetery is listed incorrectly as St Andrews. It should be St Peters.

Some of the notable people and families buried in our Victorian Graveyard are –
Local families:
• Way
• Unwin
• Breillat
• Duguid
• Josephson
• Chalder
• Metcalfe
• Reilly
• Knight
• Barden and
• Gannon
Others from further afield:
• Susannah Hensley of Susannah Place
• William Beaumont of the Joseph Banks Hotel
• John Bibb, architect
• Thomas Icely, pioneer pastoralist;
• James Raymond, first Post-Master General of NSW and his
daughter Aphrasia Maughan, first mistress of Dundullimal at
• Cornelius Prout, owner of Belle Ombre at Canterbury.

To find out more about our Victorian Graveyard go to our publication ‘Grave Reflections’written by Laurel Horton.