Burial ground zero: the crisis facing Sydney’s cemeteries

Burial ground zero: the crisis facing Sydney’s cemeteries

The Guardian

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Shortage of burial space is a problem across Australia, but Sydney’s situation is particularly dire – and solutions are controversial

The last time Sydney ran out of public burial sites, it created a health emergency. Henry Graham, the city health officer in 1866, described seeing bodies “so near the surface that you could just touch them with a walking stick or umbrella”.

Today’s Sydney would be unrecognisable to Graham, but its crisis of space might be familiar. All crown cemeteries in the city could close to new burials within 10 years, according to the 11th Hour report, a statutory review of NSW’s Cemeteries and Crematoria Act, released in February.

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