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Paupers at Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Now known as Millingtons


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Date of birth is derived from date of death and age given at time of death so may not be accurate

From its inception Cornelian Bay Cemetery was designed to cater for all religious denominations.  There was also an area set aside for the poor where up to eleven bodies were buried in one unmarked grave.  This section was closed in 1935.  Since then there have been Government funded burials, the last being Una Catherine Lane who was buried 26th June 1957 and these people will appear in this database.

Funerals funded by the Government today are followed by a cremation.

Information listed in the ‘notes’ column has been gathered from a variety of sources but has not been verified.

Listed below are some of the more common places of death.   

The New Town Charitable Institution/Infirmary

Was a government run invalid asylum which opened in 1874 and was used for the overflow of female convicts.  From 1879, when the Orphan School closed, the building continued to be used for female invalids, male invalids and lying in cases. In 1898 a staggering 52% of inmates were ex convicts.  Over the years the complex has expanded and developed and is now known as St John’s Park .  The State Government has now sold most buildings to private operators.


Located where the North Hobart Oval now stands, the site was the original Hobart Town Brickfields in 1844.  It then became home to convict women awaiting hire as domestic servants who were housed in buildings at the Domain end of the ground.  In later years the buildings were used as an immigration depot and finally an invalid depot which closed in 1882   The area later became a refuse dump.  When in use as an invalid depot it was for men only

Stowell Hospital

Located in Battery Point

39 Burnett Street

There was a small private hospital at this address where Nurse Cotton and Nurse Wooley both operated from.  Now privately owned by the Williams family and used as rooms by a medical practitioner.

Cascades Asylum

Prisoners held at Port Arthur were transferred here after the closure of Port Arthur in 1877

Because of the unsuitability of the site inmates were moved in 1890 to either the insane asylum at New Norfolk or the Hobart Gaol dependent on their condition.  

 New Norfolk Asylum

Opened in 1833 as a mixed unit for the aged and insane.  From this time convicts were progressively taken to the Port Arthur Penal settlement and the Asylum admitted people from the wider community.  In the 1880’s overcrowding and public concern led to a building program which was completed just before the depression of the 1890’s.  1890 saw the construction of the “Idiots” ward.  This building has a steeply pitched roof, gothic windows and an entrance complete with gargoyles. In 1934 the complex became known as “The Lachlan Park Hospital”.  

In November 2000, after 173 years, Australia ’s oldest asylum on its original site was closed.  By February 2001 the hospital was closed and sold to private enterprise.

General Hospital

Also known as the Colonial Hospital started in huts and tents in 1804 and moved in 1820 to the site of the now Royal Hobart Hospital.  Patients at the hospital were attended by convicts who were too sick or infirm to work and it wasn’t until 1876 that trained nurses were first employed.  

Home of Mercy

Founded by the Church of England for unmarried mothers and prostitutes in 1890 and eventually developed into Clarendon Children’s Home  

Invalid Depots

Brickfields – See above

Cascade Invalid Depot – In operation from 1869-1879 men and women

Newtown Charitable– For both men and women

Sorell Creek


Impression Bay  

St. Joseph’s Orphanage and Industrial School

Established in 1879 by Mother Xavier Williams who arrived in Hobart from Sydney aboard the “Louisa”.  With four other nuns from the Sisters of Charity Mother Xavier Williams had arrived in Sydney on the “Francis Speight” December 31st 1838.

Was also known as Aikenhead House, named after Mary Aikenhead founder of the Sisters of Charity.

Any questions or comments  on this database should be directed to the compiler

Sue Guinan 




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