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This is St Stephen's Church and cemetery in the inner city suburb of Newtown. The original St Stephen's was built in 1842 and rebuilt in 1871. As such it is one of Sydney's oldest churches. It was designed by Edmund Blackett, who also designed St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, St Saviour's Church in Goulburn, the University of Sydney, Sydney Grammar School and St John's Glebe, to name a few. You can see photos of all of these buildings in my Gallery or see my Theme called Australian Architectural Landmarks.

The graveyard, known as Camperdown Cemetery, in which I was standing is one of my favourites. It has a strange history in that it was consecrated in 1847 and contains the remains of many famous Australians. Prior to its consecration, Sydney's two main cemeteries were on the sites which are now our Central Railway Station and Sydney Town Hall. The remains from those two sites were exhumed and moved to Camperdown Cemetery, which then served Sydney in conjunction with Rookwood Cemetery. It has gone through many periods of dereliction since.

There are a number of odd additions to it, such as a Gothic gate, a propeller from one of the huge ships made in the nearby Mort's Dock, and a huge anchor as a memorial to sailors.

The cemetery is not just spooky for the obvious reasons. In 1946 the body of a murdered girl was found here amongst the overgrown graves. Her murder was never solved. The graveyard is reportedly home to at least 4 ghosts, one of whom was a Matron of Sydney Hospital, Ms Bathsheeba Ghost (great name hey). She has been seen amongst the graves and also tending the sick in the nearby St Stephen's Hospice. You may recall me posting a photo of a gravestone, and something which looks like a light orb. That photo was taken here.

St Johns Glebe

Sydney Grammar

St Saviours Goulburn

University of Sydney

St Andrews Cathedral

George Street Bank

The movement in the sky was obtained through using a 10 stop filter.

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