Illawarra heritage talk delves into history of Berkeley Estate convicts

The Berkeley Estate
The Berkeley Estate

Early convicts who worked in Berkeley will be the subject of a heritage talk at Berkeley Pioneer Cemetery on Sunday, May 20.

The Berkeley Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Group is holding the event to coincide with the NSW National Trust Heritage Festival 2018.

The group holds talks and walking tours annually to provide an insight into residents buried in the cemetery.

The cemetery contains about 250 gravesites. They include Robert Jenkins Esquire, who had the original land grant for the area in 1816, who was buried in Berkeley.

Mr Jenkins received 1000 acres from Governor Lachlan Macquarie in December 1816, as one of the first five land grantees in the Illawarra.

BERKELEY PIONEER CEMETERY: Berkeley Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Group will hold a heritage talk at the cemetery on May 20.

BERKELEY PIONEER CEMETERY: Berkeley Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Group will hold a heritage talk at the cemetery on May 20.

Robert named his grant ‘Berkeley’ after a village near his hometown in Gloucestershire, England.

This year guest speaker and group member Anne Snedden will talk about the life and working conditions of the early convicts who worked on the Jenkins Estate ‘Berkeley’ from 1816 to 1841.

The talk at the cemetery’s premises at Investigator Drive, Unanderra, runs 1pm to 2.30pm. Tickets, which include talk and afternoon tea cost $7 (adults) and $5 (children). Call Betty on 4271 1996 to book.

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