This page contains details of a number of projects in which members of Botany Bay Family History Society have been involved over its 27 year history.


Woronora Cemetery The first burial at Sutherland's Woronora Cemetery was in April 1895 and the Crematorium opened in 1934.

Provision was made at first for Roman Catholic, Church of England, Congregational, Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist denominations and others added later as needed. There are War Graves and an AIF Memorial in the cemetery. Transcriptions, previously published on microfiche, were begun by volunteers of Botany Bay FHS in 1985 and completed in 1998.

With the progress in technology, microfiche is no longer appropriate and accordingly the indexes can now be found on the Ancestry website at, bringing the information in them to the wider genealogical community for the benefit of all. The Society expresses its thanks to those volunteers for their contributions to this huge project

Each transcription gives the following details if found on the plaque or headstone: name, date of death, age, and inscription. The inscription column has been abbreviated to include relationships and other items of genealogical interest, but usually excludes such terms as 'In Loving Memory', or 'In remembrance of'.

For further history of the Cemetery refer to The Story of Woronora Cemetery by M. Hutton-Neve and Woronora Cemetery & Crematorium 1895-1995 by Michael Boyd.

Bonnet Group Botany Bay members have been participating in the Roses from the Heart bonnets project being organised by Tasmanian artist Christina Henri

Christina aims to have 25,266 colonial bonnets made by women worldwide - one for each of the female convicts transported to Australia - to commemorate the value of each of those women and recognise the contribution each made to our society

For further information about the project and to download a pattern, please visit:

Ryersonpix The Ryerson Index is a project where death notices (from the 1970's) are indexed from newspapers. These notices are freely available on line.

Our group members have been going to Sutherland Library where, thanks to the generosity of the Library, they photocopy free the appropriate pages from the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader to index.

The indexing is done at home on their computers and sent to the Ryerson Project to be merged into the main index. There are 27 members in the group and in 6 months, 12 very active members have indexed the death notices in the Leader from its inception in June 1964 to 2004 (where someone else has indexed from then to the present). There are nearly 11,000 death and funeral notices.

The indexers meet as needs require and any meeting dates appear in the Events Calendar and Interest Groups links. The Ryerson Index can be viewed at:

Volunteers indexed these records which are held by our BBFHS Library in both print and CD format.