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161 Years of Historical Significance Dashed by Vandals

Many headstones at the historic cemetery in Villiers Street, Grafton have been desecrated by senseless vandalism. The first burial took place at this site in 1859, so the site holds great historical value. Being a cemetery there is a great deal of emotion attached.

Located by boundary lines of Villiers, Kirchner, Duke and Crown Streets the site has no official fencing only a gate house structure originally built by the Anglican Church.

Vandals have deliberately destroyed headstones by smashing them to the ground and mortifying families.

This burial site is divided into religious sections including:

  • Roman Catholic section
  • Church of England
  • Presbyterian
  • Methodist
  • Baptist

There are approximately 3466 monuments in this cemetery, and many are testament to our early settlers who were from Chinese, English, German, Scottish and Irish backgrounds, who first came here as migrants.

Cemeteries’ are sacred burial sites, not just for the immediate family but also sacred sites of great historical significance. We need to tread lightly with our footprints, otherwise we could lose a great deal.

If you can help our community in identifying who committed this senseless crime, please contact Grafton police on 6642 0222. This sort of vandalism needs to be stopped. Please help us.



Information from the Coffs – Grafton Police District:


Grafton Police are asking for public assistance following the discovery of damage to headstones at Grafton Cemetery on Villiers Street.

Police were notified of the damage on Monday morning 15 June. Approximately 40 headstones and other items such as vases have been destroyed.

Chief Inspector Jo Reid labelled the discovery as ‘a disgraceful, low and sickening act’. Anyone who may have information is encouraged to contact Grafton Police on 6642 0222 or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 and quote reference number E 76886951.