Armidale Cemetery Damaged Gravestones

In the early hours of Sunday 4th October 2009 vandals desecrated many graves in the Armidale cemetery. Headstones were pulled from graves, many were broken and some were smashed beyond repair. Initial estimates put the cost of complete repair of the damage between $400,000 and $500,000.

Armidale Dumaresq Council and Piddington Funeral Directors have made an audit of the damage, assessed the number of broken stones and determined the names of the families affected by the damage. Council is attempting to locate the relatives of those whose graves were vandalised. However, most of the headstones are old and the families may have moved from the area. A list of damaged graves originally identified is available. Apparently there has been a few more graves damaged since the original vandalism; supplementary list should be available shortly.

Click here to view/print the current list.

Many of the marble headstones were carved by master craftsmen; they are thick Florentine marble with glorious three-dimensional carvings. These memorials are irreplaceable but, with the aid of modern adhesives, some may be able to be restored to their former glory. Ron Piddington of Piddington Funeral Directors is coordinating the rectification work and he can be contacted on: 02 6772 2288.

Armidale Dumaresq Council, at the urging of the Armidale Historical Society and the Armidale Family History Group, has set up a Trust fund in an attempt to raise some money to help repair graves where families canít be located, or for those who cannot afford to pay for restoration of the damage. We urgently need more funds to help with this enormous task. People wishing to donate to the Trust should contact Armidale Dumaresq Council on: 02 6770 3600 or 1300 136 833