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Gretna St Marys Anglican



Consecrated June 1 1848 by Bishop Nixon on land donated by Edward Terry of “Askrigg”

The Church is built of stone with cedar furnishing and was financed by donations from the congregation.

A feature of the church is its window erected in memory of the late John Walker of “Clarendon” whose wife was organist for the church for 50 years.

Widely known as The Woolpack Church” because of its proximity to the hotel of the same name which was the scene of an encounter between bushranger Martin Cash and the local police

Headstones in this cemetery were photographed 10th August 2008

A C Cont J P S
Abel Caleb Cashion Jackson Ethel Parsons Cecil Francis Smith Leslie Samuel
Abel Mary Ann Chappell Angus Malcolm Jarvis Elizabeth Parsons Cecil John Smith Viola Clare
Abel Russell Clarke Caroline Jarvis Henry Parsons Elizabeth Smith Vonda Elizabeth
Abel Sophia Clarke Gertrude Jarvis William Parsons Esther Almena Spink Thomas
Abel William Clarke Joseph Jarvis William John Parsons Frances Anita Stander Aubrey
Abel William 1 Clarke Lewis Jenkins Daphne Mona May Parsons Mary Anne Stander Mary
Adams L.R.J. Clarke William John Turner Jenkins Jack Southy Penny Henry Cecil Stevens Albert George
  Clements Fanny   Pepper Ivy Stevens Alicia Maude
  Colbeck Arthur Wayn L Phillips Virginia Mary Stevens Glenn Lindsay
B Colbeck Eliza Lowe Amelia Alice Pilkington Louisa D Stevens Louisa Maud
Bannister Elizabeth Colbeck Ellen Elizabeth Lowe Amy Clare Pilkington William J  
Bannister Errol V Colbeck Elvin George Lowe Amy Louisa Ploughman Alma Grace T
Barker Albert Colbeck Henry Charles Lowe Annie Ploughman Alwin Collins Terry Edward
Barker Edwin Colbeck Hester Mary Lowe Elsie May Ploughman Denis Charles Terry Dora Beatrice
Barker Elizabeth Macquarie Colbeck Olive Selina Lowe George Ploughman Edward Terry John
Barker Emily Colbeck Sarah Agnes Lowe Graeme John Ploughman Eliza Isobel Terry John Edward
Barker Francis Frederick Colbeck Wilfred Hobart Russell Lowe Iris May Ploughman Frederick George Terry Marius
Barker Matilda Elizabeth Coleman Arthur Edwin Lowe Mary Ann Ploughman Ruby Florence Terry Robert Winspear
Barker Richard Coleman Eileen Eunice Lowe Ray John Ploughman Trevor Collins Terry Ruby
Barker Richard Edward Coleman Faye Lowe Richard Price Ruth Terry Thomas
Barker Sarah Frances Coleman Mervyn John Lowe William   Terry Thomas 1
Bass Amy Cooper Ada Annie   Q Terry Unknown
Bayles Myrtle Lorie Cooper Walter William M Quinn Muriel Inez Thorpe Elvina
Blackwell Leonard Courtney John Edwin Maddox David Brian   Thorpe Frederick C
Blackwell Walter John Cunningham William Maddox Elizabeth Patricia Mary R Triffitt Arthur James
Bond Phillip   Maddox Emma Rainbird Aileen Beryl Triffitt Auriel Ursula
Born Charles Wilfred D Maddox Gary James Rainbird Albert E Triffitt Cyril Max
Bowerman Cleave Alexander Davies Sheila Mary Cecil Maddox Herbert Charles Rainbird Alfred Triffitt James
Bowerman Denzil Oliver Dean William Maddox L.A.J. Rainbird Alice Jane  
Bowerman Dianne Downie Alicia Alma Maddox L.A.J Rainbird Arnold Edwin U
Bowerman Doris Mona Downie John William Maddox L.K.G Rainbird Arthur Thomas Unknown Mary Ann Elizabeth
Bowerman Dulcie Edna   Maddox Robert Rainbird Catherine Elizabeth Unknown Eliza (Robinson See information below)
Bowerman Julian Garnett E Maddox Unice Rainbird Catherine Mary Unknown Emm
Bowerman Oliver Rupert Evans David Henry Maddox Unknown Rainbird Derwent Roy Barron  
Bowerman Roy Rupert James Evans Nigel Rodney Marsh Anak Samuel Rainbird Edward V
Bowerman Ruby Sarah Eyres Unknown Marsh Anak Wyndham Rainbird Edward Charles Veart Betty
Bowerman Scott Anthony   Marsh Bertha May Rainbird Edward Ellis Veart Douglas
Bowerman Trevor Thomas G Marshall Ivy Ella Rainbird Elizabeth Viner Ann Maria
Branch Douglas John Garrard Thomas Marshall Margaret Aileen Rainbird Elsie May  
Branch Mervyn Francis Geard Charles Marshall Percy Charles Rainbird Emily W
Bray Audrey Geard John Marshall Roy Warren Rainbird Ethel May Walker Alan
Burn Albert Walter Geard Mary Martin Evelyn E. B. Rainbird Frances Walker Amy Clarissa
Burn Bertram St. Clair Geard Amelia Jane Martin Evelyn E. B Rainbird Frederick Walker Elizabeth
Burn Charles Geard Arthur Lewis McCann Patrick Rainbird Frederick Alfred Walker George
Burn Charles Arthur Geard Harriett Eliza McCauley Amy Rainbird George Frederick Walker John Fletcher
Burn Dora Geard Jane Sophia McCauley Harold Rainbird Gordon Jack Walker Maud
Burn Henry Geard Jesse McKenzie Emily Joy Rainbird George Percival Walker William
Burn Lena Lucy Geard Myrtle Mary Ann McKenzie Percival John Rainbird Harriett Elizabeth Watson Ernest George
Burn Malcolm Joseph Geard Oliver McMaster Cecil William Rainbird Herbert Charles Watson Maud Harriet
Burn Mary Ann Geard Samuel Charles McMaster Herbert Winson Rainbird Herbert Keith Watson Max George
Burn Minnie Jane Geard Weymouth Charles McMaster Leslie Clarence Rainbird Jean Catherine Wilkinson Edith
Burn Sophia Ellen Gittus Amy McMaster Lily Maud Rainbird Jessie Willson Edmund
Burn Stanley Willis Gittus George McMaster Millie Rainbird Joan Wilson James Ashgrove
Burn Sybil Gittus Harriet McMaster Rachael Gwen Rainbird John Ephraim Charles Wilson Jane
Burn Wyndham Mandeville Gittus Ida McMaster Thomas William Rainbird Joseph Samuel Wilson-Haffenden Clive Lewis
Burns Ada Gittus John Meadows Pierrepont Robert Rainbird Julia Wilson-Haffenden Linda Mary
Burns Alan Russell Gittus Kenneth James Meadows Sydney Manvers Rainbird Kathleen Lavinia Wilson-Haffenden Marjorie Louise
Burns Hedley John Gittus Leslie Albert Meers Aubrey Park Rainbird Lavinia Ann  
Burns James Glover Arthur Cyril Milne Annie Estelle Rainbird Lawence William (Tom)  
Burns Norman Vane Glover Ivy Elizabeth Milne Carrie Linia Rainbird Lillian Edith  
Burns Russell James Glover Mary Elizabeth Milne Ethel Beatrice Rainbird Matilda  
Burns Sarah Rachel Glover William George Milne Frederick Rainbird Mercie  
Burns Violet Goodsell William Milne Frederick Antony Rainbird Mervyn  
  Gray Cecil Francis Milne Frederick Edward Rainbird Muriel Lydia There are 37 Unknown graves in this cemetery
C Gray May Milne John Collicott Rainbird Reginald  
Canfield Unknown Gray Robert George Milne Laurence Rainbird Robert  
Cannan Ada Louise   Milne Martha Annie Maria Rainbird Sylvia Isabelle  
Cannan Athol Reuben H Milne Mavis Jean Rainbird Thomas  
Cannan Hedley George Hack Louisa Sarah Milne Percy John Collicott Rainbird Valentine Powel  
Cannan Hugh Henry Hack Susan Milne Reginald George Rainbird Vera May  
Cannan Margaret Elizabeth Hack William   Rainbird Vincent Jeremiah  
Cannan William Reuben Hanlon Lionel John N Rainbird Walter Joseph  
Cannell Edward Arthur James Hannan Emily Ellena Nicol George Rayner Edward W.G.  
Cannell Theresa Olive Cannell Hannan Noel William   Rayner Edward W.G  
Carmichael Allan Esmond Hannan Vona Fay O Rayner Unknown  
Carmichael Clifford Alexander Hannan William Patrick Oakes Ivy Grace Readder Ellen  
Carmichael Edwin Alexander Harrison Hedley Oakes Jean Readder Gordon John  
Carmichael George William Hope Elizabeth Isabel Oakes Walter Francis John Richards Ada Frances  
Carmichael Louisa Hope Ella Mary Louise Orr Richards Joseph  
Carmichael Mary Anne Hope Neil Colin Orr Margarett Robinson John  
Carmichael Phyllis Mary   Orr Sarah Robinson William  
Carmichael Raymond Harold   Orr William Ronelson Helen  
    Orr William Russell Ella May  
      Russell William  
      Rutt Madeline  


Thank you Mark Pilkington for the following information

I have visited the graveyard and can confirm the headstone you list as "Unknown Eliza" is Eliza Robinson who died 26 Nov 1860 the  wife of William Robinson who is also buried at the same site and adjacent. You photo linked below allows faint reading of those details on the image.

Of interest my great great grandmother Sarah Robinson and her husband John Robinson died in the same month August 1869 and I suspect either Sarah is in an un-marked grave at Gretna or is buried with John in the same grave but not listed on his Headstone. Sarah was the mother of William James Pilkington also buried at Gretna with his wife Louisa.

Thank you to Lyn for the following information

We had Arthur Wayn Colbeck and Sarah Agnes as  Colbeck Unknown

The Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 12 November 1946 p 12 Family Notices COLBECK.-On November 11 1946 suddenly at the Royal Hobart Hospital Sarah 

Agnes loved and loving wife of Arthur Wayn Colbeck of Craigmount Mt.

Nelson Rd. and loving mother of Phyllis (Mrs C. L. Barnes) Arthur (Melbourne) Mansel and Victor in her 69th year. 

COLBECK Sarah Agnes

D: 11 Nov 1946 - 88yrs - SP: Arthur Wayn - See: Colbeck Arthur Wayn - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN - HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/05013 

COLBECK Arthur Wayn

D: 28 Oct 1955 - 80yrs - SP: Sarah Agnes - Also: 1 other - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN - HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/05013

Thank you to Lyn for the following information

Rainbird Unknown is Rainbird Derwent Roy Barron

The Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Monday 9 June 1941 p 5 Family Notices RAINBIRD - On June 7 1941 (suddenly) Ray Derwent Barren (Roy) dearly be loved youngest son of Frederick and Emily Rainbird of Derwent View Plenty In 

his 33rd year. Loved by all.

RAINBIRD-Funeral of the late Mr Ray D B (Roy) Rainbird will move from his parents residence Derwent View Plenty on Tuesday the 10th inst at 2 pm arriving at St Mary's Church and Cemetery Gretna at 2. 30 pm.ALEX CLARK AND SON LTD Funeral Directors 

RAINBIRD Derwent Roy Barron D: 07 Jun 1941 - 31yrs - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN - HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/04024


Thank you to Lyn for the following information

Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Friday 18 November 1949 page 19 DEATH NOTICES RAINBIRD.-On November 17 1949 suddenly at Royal Hobart Hospital Wayne the dearly loved and loving son of Gordon and Dorothy Rainbird of Derwent View Plenty and loving brother of Barry Ray Brian Graham and Maureen aged two years and eight months. 

FUNERAL NOTICE RAINBIRD-Funeral of the late Wayne Rainbird will move from the residence of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Rainbird Derwent View Plenty on Monday next at 2.30 p.m. arriving at St. Mary's Church and cemtery Gretna at 2.50 p.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


Thank you to Lyn for the following information

RAINBIRD  George S D: 04 Jun 1953 - 80yrs - SP: Laura Kate (dec) - Chn: Nancy Marie--Philip Boyd - See: Rainbird Laura Kate - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN - HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/02037 

The Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Friday 5 June 1953 p 12 Family Notices RAINBIRD. -On June 4 1953 at Royal Hobart Hospital George Samuel beloved husband of th late Laura Kate Rainbird of Gretna and loving father of Torquil Dulcie (Mrs. E. Edwards) Winifred Ashton Samuel and John aged 80 years. 


RAINBIRD. -Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of the late Mr. George Samuel Rainbird which will move from Askrigg Gate Gretna on Saturday (Tomorrow) at. 10.45 a.m. for St. Mary's Church and cemetery Gretna.


Thank you to Lyn for the following information

RAINBIRD  Laura Kate D: 27 Dec 1947 - 66yrs - SP: George S - Chn: Nancy Marie--Philip Boyd - Also: 3 others - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN - HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/02037 

The Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Monday 29 December 1947 p 7 Family Notices

RAINBIRD- On December 27 1947 at

her residence Gretna Laura Kate beloved wife of George Rainbird aged 66 years. A patient sufferer at rest.  

Funeral will leave the Crossroads Macquarie Plains at 2.30 pm Tomorrow (Tuesday) for the Woolpack Cemetery. Friends are respectfully invited to attend. ALEX FYLE & SONS Funeral Directors

Thank you to Lyn for the following information

RAINBIRD Nancy Marie D: 08 Sep 1923 - 5yrs - Pr: Laura Kate & George S Rainbird br: Philip Boyd - See: Rainbird Laura Kate - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN -HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/02037 

Thank you to Lyn for the following information

RAINBIRD Philip Boyd D: 21 Mar 1925 - 6days - Pr: Laura Kate & George S Rainbird sr: Nancy Marie - See: Rainbird Laura Kate - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN -HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/02037

Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Thursday 9 November 1939 page 9 DEATH NOTICES RAINB1RD.-On November 7 1939 (suddenly) at the Royal Hobart Hospital John the dearly beloved son of Gordon and Dorothy Ralnhirn of plenty aged 11 months. Loved by all. 


RAINBIRD.-Funeral of the late John Rainbird will move from the residence of his grandfather (Mr. F. Rainbird) Plenty.on Thursday (This Day) nt 215 p.m. for Woolpack Cemetery Gretna.


Thank you to Lyn for the following information

Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 22 October 1918 page 1 DEATHS RAINBIRD.  On October 21 1918 at Children's Hospital Hobart Elena Mary (Sis.) dearly loved eldest daughter of Mary E. and Charles H. Rainbird of Roseheath Gretna aged 8 years. Asleep.  


RAINBIRD.  Friends of the late Elena Mary Rainbird of Roseheath Gretna are re-spectfully invited to attend her Funeral which will move from the Cross Roads Macquarie Plains on Wednesday the 23rd inst. at 2.30 p.m. for Woolpack Cemetery. ALEX. CLARK AND SON LTD.


Thank you to Lyn for the following information

Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 4 November 1919 page 1 DEATHS CUNNINGHAM.-On November 2 1919. at his late residence Gretna. John dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Cunningham aged 90 years. 

CUNNINGHAM.-The Funeral of the late John Cunningham will leave. his late residence Gretna at 2 p.m. This Day arriving at Woolpack Cemetery at 3 p.m.

friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Thank you to Lyn for the following information

Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 9 August 1921 page 1 DEATHS.

CUNNINGHAM. - On August 8 1921 at her late residence. Askrigg Gretna Elizabeth relict of the late John Cunningham aged 85 years. 


CUNNINGHAM. - Funeral of the late Elizabeth Cunningham will move from her late residence Askrigg on Wednesday Next at 3.15 p.m. arriving at St.Mary's Church and Cemetery (Gretna) for interment at 3.30 p.m. Friends respectfully invited to attend. ALEX. FYLE AND SONS

Thank you to Lyn for the following information

The Mercury (Hobart Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Monday 20 January 1947 p 12 Family Notices RAINBIRD.-On January 19 1947 suddenly at his residence 15 Tregear St. Moonah Ellis Charles (Charlie) the dearly beloved husband of Violet Rainbird and loved father of Olive (Mrs Quarrell Tyenna) Violet (deceased). Daphne (deceased). Ruby (deceased) Charles (deceased) Herbert (Smithton) and Ronald (Moonah) aged 62 years. 



Friends of the late Mr Ellis. (Charlie) Rainbird are respectfully invited to attend his funeral which will arrive at the Woolpack Church and Cemetery Gretna on Tuesday afternoon (Tomorrow) at 2.30 CLARK BROS. AFDA

Thank you to Lyn for the following information

WILSON James Ashgrove

D: 10 Aug 1942 - SP: Mary Ethel - Died at Cluan, Plenty - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN - HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/02034 

Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Thursday 13 August 1942, page 6 OBITUARY.  Mr. J. A. Wilson 

The death occurred at his residence, Cluan, Plenty, on Sunday of Mr. James Ashgrove Wilson, aged 65 years. Mr. Wilson, who was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, of Par-attah, is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Mary Brown, two sons, John and Donald (a member of the R.A.A.F.) and a daughter, Jean. 

In 1912 Mr. Wilson took over the management of the Norton Mandeville estate near Gretna for the late Mr. Bowes Kelly. After leaving Gretna in 1928 he conducted the Cluan estate at Plenty in conjunction with his elder son, as J. A. Wilson and Son. In 1929 he became manager of the late Mr. G. C.Nicholas' Cawood estate near Ouse, and occupied that position until his death. He was keenly interested in sheep, and was recognised as one of the best judges of Merinos in Tasmania. 

Representatives of many prominent Derwent Valley families and public men attended the funeral at St. Mary's Church of England cemetery, Gretna, on Tuesday. Services were conduct-ed by the rector of Macquarie Plains (the Rev. K. J. Hughes). The chief mourners were the two sons, Messrs. G. A. Wilson and R. C. Wilson (bro-thers), R. W. Brown and D. Brown (brothers-in-law) and W. Matthews. Included in the large gathering were Messrs. G. B. McLeod, R. O. Shoobridge, M.L.C., E. H. Webster, D. H.Hopkins, R. M. Page, C. J. Parsons. P. C. Mar-shall, K. R. Terry, P. A.Pritchard. G M. Terry, V. D. Burgess, R. E. All-wright, V. I. Chambers, T.Edwards, D. Hughes, and M. Plaister. The funeral arrangements were car-ried out by Alex Fyle and Sons, New Norfolk.


Thank you to Lyn for the following information

WILSON Jane D: 25 May 1884 - 30yrs - SP: Robert M - GRETNA ST MARYS ANGLICAN - HAMILTON - HOBART - HA02/04031

WILSON.-On May 22, at Clarendon, Jane, the beloved wife of Robert McDonald Wilson, in the 30th year of her age. She was much respected by all who knew her.









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