Dead Central Exhibition for Tunks Descendants

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Date(s) - 10/09/2019
10:00 am - 1:15 pm

State Library of NSW


Dead Central Exhibition
@State Library of NSW

Dead Central Exhibition and State Library – Tour for Tunks Group.

  • 10am    Members to meet in front of the Library in Macquarie Street.
  • 10.15   Move to gathering point near the Information Desk and Bookshop where a Volunteer Guide will be waiting for our group.
  • 10.30    Guided Heritage Tour of the Architectural features of the Macquarie Street Building and Mitchell Library.
  • 11.30     Coffee/snack break at Café Trim on ground floor of Macquarie Street Building.
  • 12.00     Join the Introduction to the Exhibitions on display then view the six current Exhibitions including the Dead Central Exhibition.

William Tunks was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery in 1821. This is a chance for his descendants to learn more about the history of this cemetery.  Join our Tunks Descendants Family Group tour of the exhibition.  We need up to 30 people for the tour.

A vast cemetery once sprawled across the land bound by Sydney’s Elizabeth, Pitt and Devonshire streets — where Central Station now stands. The Devonshire Street cemetery opened in 1820, but the city’s major burial ground filled up quickly in the decades following, only to become overgrown and abandoned. In January 1901, when the state government announced its intention to clear the cemetery, well over 30,000 bodies were buried there.

Directions for getting there:

  • Parking is available at the Sydney Eye Hospital next door to Parliament House and accessed via Hospital Road behind the Library also some metered parking bays are available in Hospital Road itself.
  • Train Stations: Martin Pl. Stn 200 mtrs,  St James Stn 450 mtrs, Circular Quay 600 mtrs

Costs of Tours:

There are no costs associated with any of the Tours on the day.

Audio recordings of Exhibition Displays:

There is a 35 minute audio recording of the Exhibition Displays and it is recommended that you take your own headphones to listen via your own device (eg. iPhone etc.).

RSVP:   We have a 30 person limit for this Group Tour so book early to avoid disappointment.  Please contact Richard Chalmers on 0412 338 466 or by email to reserve your place.


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