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History Tours

History Tours @ Woronora Memorial Park | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Step back in time with the Sutherland Shire Historical Society as they unveil stories of those interred at Woronora Cemetery

Wander through the picturesque grounds, where each headstone becomes a chapter, revealing the lives of pioneers, community builders, and those who shaped the very essence of the Shire. From local heroes to mysterious personalities, the tour offers a captivating journey through time. Embrace the opportunity to connect with the past, and witness the living history that rests at Woronora Cemetery.

Tour dates
  • Saturday, 13 July 2024
  • Saturday, 10 August 2024
  • Saturday, 14 September 2024

Important Information:

  • Meet at Cafe near the East St Gates at
  • 9.30am for a 10am start
  • Parking is available at the cafe and throughout the park
  • Bookings are recommended— this is a free event but places are limited
  • Please wear enclosed walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and a refillable water-bottle.
  • Please dress for the weather including sun, wind or rain


20 April 2024

Discovery Day @ Woronora Memorial Park | 10:00am - 3:00pm

This event is part of the Sutherland Shire Citizens Heritage Festival.

Embark on a captivating journey through time at Woronora Memorial Park's Heritage Discovery Day with an exclusive opportunity to connect with the heritage of Woronora Memorial Park!

Delve into the rich tapestry of our past as you:

  • Tour through the historic crematorium, uncovering intriguing facts about cremations.
  • History Museum, immerse yourself in our newly established meuseum, featuring original photos, documents, and artifacts unearthed during the chapel renovations.
  • Rose gardens, Stroll through the vast gardens and soak in the pitureque beauty of the park
  • Tour our state-of-the-art new crematorium. Our knowledgeable team will guide you through the facility, demystifying the cremation process and addressing any questions you may have.
  • Self-guided walking history tour, revealing the intriguing that contribute to the Shire's vibrant history.
  • Information stalls and demonstrations on site.


Sutherland Rotary Club of Sutherland will be running a sausage sizzle on the day. All funds raised will go to Rotary.


Crematorium tours leaving from the front of the south chapel will run at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm


  • Bookings are recomended— this is a free tour but places are limited.
  • Meet at the South Chapel
  • Tours start on the hour, starting at 10.30am with the last tour starting at 2.30pm
  • Parking is available throughout the park and near the chapels
  • Please wear enclosed walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and a refillable water-bottle.
  • Photos will be taken on the day. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please kindly inform the staff on site.
  • This is an all access event and suitable for people of all ages and abilites

The Sutherland Shire Citizens' Heritage Festival bus.

The bus arrives and leaves from the Adelong St Gates near Celeste Cottage Cafe on the hour at 10.05am, 11.05am, 12.05pm, 1.05pm and 2.05pm


26 June 2024

Rest Assured Webinar | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

“End-of-life Doula Teachings: support for end of life choices” 

In this webinar, Ruth Boydell will discuss end-of-life doula teachings. Get practical insights as we explore the world of death doulas. Discover what they do, when to talk to one, and how to become a part of this supportive community.

Discussions include: 

  • What is a Death Doula? Doula Work: Uncover the basics of what death doulas do and how their work supports individuals during the end-of-life journey.

  • When Should I First Talk to a Doula? Learn about the right times to start a conversation with a death doula and how their presence can bring comfort during tough times.

  • Role and Responsibilities: Explore the various roles and responsibilities of death doulas, from emotional support to practical assistance.

  • Challenges and Rewards: Understand the unique challenges and rewards of being a death doula and the positive impact they can have on those facing the end of life.

  • How Do I Become One? Courses and Qualifications: If you're interested in becoming a death doula, discover the practical steps, courses, and qualifications needed to start this meaningful career.

This webinar is completely FREE.  You are welcome to attend!

More information about registration to come.


7 August 2024

Rest Assured Webinar | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

“Dying to Know Day”

This practical and informative webinar will explore the essentials of end-of-life practical aspects. This webinar will guide you through important topics that are often overlooked but crucial for a well-prepared end-of-life journey.

Discussions include:

  • Strengthening Social Networks: Learn the significance of building and maintaining strong social connections as a key element of end-of-life preparation.

  • Communicating Our Wishes: Explore effective ways to communicate your wishes to loved ones, ensuring that your desires are understood and respected.

  • Writing a Will: Understand the importance of creating a will and the practical steps involved in putting your wishes in writing.

  • Appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian: Gain insights into the roles of an enduring power of attorney and enduring guardian, and the significance of appointing these positions in advance.

  • Planning Your Funeral and Burial: Delve into the practicalities of planning your funeral and burial, addressing key considerations to make the process smoother for your loved ones.

This webinar is completely FREE.  You are welcome to attend!

More information about registration to come.


6 September 2024

Police Remembrance Service @ Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

This service is held to remember and honour fallen police officers to coincide with Police Remembrance Week. In partnership with NSW Police.

More information to come closer to the date.


20 September 2024

Police Remembrance Service @ Woronora Memorial Park | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

This service is held to remember and honour fallen police officers to coincide with Police Remembrance Week. In partnership with NSW Police.

More information to come closer to the date.


15 October 2024

Pregnancy and Infant Loss @ Woronora Memorial Park | 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Families and their cherished supporters gather to commemorate the precious lives of their beloved little ones who were taken from us too soon. In partnership with White Lady Funerals.

More information about registration to come.


28 October 2024

All Souls Day @ Eastern Suburbs and Woronora Memorial Parks | 10:30am – 12:00pm

A service where individuals come together to pay tribute and remember the departed souls. This is in partnership with local churches.

More information about registration to come.


30 October 2024

Rest Assured Webinar @ Woronora Memorial Park | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

“Day of the Dead: How different cultures celebrate life and death”

This webinar, "Exploring Cultures: How the Day of the Dead Celebrates Life and Death," will delve into the different ways cultures commemorate and honour the intertwined aspects of life and death.

Discussions include:

  • History of Culture: Understand the historical background that has shaped cultural perspectives on the Day of the Dead, laying the groundwork for appreciating the significance of this celebration.

  • Religious and Other Considerations: Explore the impact of religious beliefs and other cultural factors on how societies approach and embrace the connection between life and death.

  • Traditions and Rituals Around the Day of the Dead: Gain insights into the various traditions and colourful rituals associated with the Day of the Dead across cultures. 

This webinar is completely FREE.  You are welcome to attend!

More information about registration to come.

Past Events


9 March 2024

Macedonian Memorial Day @ Woronora Memorial Park | 11:30am– 12:30pm

The first of three days of the year where the Macedonian community visits graves of loved ones and families gather to share a meal at the graves or the community pavilion.


11-24 March 2024

Seniors Festival @ Woronora Memorial Park

You are invited to take a self-guided walk of historic and serene Woronora Memorial Park during the NSW Seniors Festival from 11 - 24 March 2024.

Get out and about while exploring the beautiful gardens and history of our community. 

  • Discover the stories behind the many memorials and monuments, such as:
  • Military Memorial
  • Wonderfully Made Memorial
  • Doorway of Hope
  • Monuments and statues of heroes passed


10 April 2024

Rest Assured Webinar | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

“Burial and memorial options: traditional and alternative”

In this webinar, Ruth Boydell and Anita McBride will discuss the various traditional and alternative options for burial and memorialisation in today's day and age.

  • In-Ground: Understand the practice of in-ground burials and the significance of this age-old tradition.
  • Above Ground – Mausoleum, Crypt, Niche: Explore above-ground options including mausoleums, crypts, and niches.
  • Cremations: A choice that continues to gain popularity for its flexibility and personalised memorial options.
  • Green: Natural + Living Legacy Trees: Explore eco-friendly choices, including natural burials and the symbolic planting of living legacy trees, sustainability and perpetual remembrance.
  • Global Update: Stay informed with an update on emerging trends such as aquamation, mountain burials, space burials with fireworks, bio urns, glass keepsakes, and paintings incorporating ashes.

This webinar is completely FREE.  You are welcome to attend!

More information about registration to come.




18 April 2024

Anzac Day Service @ Woronora Memorial Park | 10:00am

Hosted by Shire Military History Club.

Join us on April 18th as we gather at Woronora Memorial Park to pay our respects to the brave soldiers who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I and in all wars since. This ANZAC Day event is open to the public and is a chance to honour and remember those who have served our country.
During the ceremony, several speakers will take the stage to offer their thoughts on the significance of ANZAC Day and what it means to them personally. It provides a meaningful opportunity for people to come together and honour those who have given their lives in service to their country.
We invite you to join us in this important commemoration of our national history and identity.
Refreshments available from 10.45am at the memorial site for those attending the service.

A guided military history tour will commence at 11am from the Military Memorial.

Order of service:

  • 10am - Anzac Service at the Military Memorial
  • 10.45am - Refreshments at the Military Memorial
  • 11am - Guided military history tour, commencing from the Military Memorial.

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