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Thread #104536   Message #2145093
Posted By: Bob Bolton
09-Sep-07 - 11:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: more Australian words
Subject: RE: BS: more Australian words
G'day again,

Looking at the large scale map of Rookwood, I notice that William Drive runs (~) north from the Necropolis then, just before Railway Street, the northern limit of the Cemetery, curves east ... before (nowadays) ending.

The angled portion, if extended, would meet the railway line suggesting that the Drive was originally the end of the railway line - conveying funeral trains, which had started from the Mortuary Station on the western side of Central Railway and, I believe, terminated at The Necropolis. The old Mortuary Station is still standing at the Central Station end, but its matching Gothic building of local sandstone from the Rookwood end was carefully taken apart in the 1960s and reassembled in Ainsley (?), a Canberra suburb, as an Anglican church.