Nimmitabel Cemeteries
Pioneer and New
1842 ~ 2009


Nimmitabel is a small rural township of  approximately 300 people on the Great Dividing Range. It is located on the Snowy Mountain Highway, 447 km south-west of Sydney via Cooma which is 38 km to the north. It is 1070 metres above sea level. Once known as 'Nimity Bell' the name is said to mean 'place where many waters start'.

The town's old cemetery is quite historic and interesting with headstones dating back to 1842. If you are headed into Nimmitabel from the south the last building on the left is the Nimmitabel Motel. Turn right here into Stanton St then take the first left into Tom Groggin Rd. The cemetery is down this road on the left hand side. It is well worth a visit. 

The first European settlers had arrived by 1839 and other properties were taken up by graziers in the 1840s. The village began to develop in the 1850s around an intersection of tracks. The Nimmitabel Inn was established here in 1854. A police station was in existence by 1855 and the village was proclaimed in 1858. A post office opened that year and town allotments went on sale. By 1859 there was a store, a private school and a second hotel.

The village picked up traffic bound for Kiandra in the 1860s and it began to expand (it was once more populous and important than today). A courthouse, watch house, flour mill, bank, provisional school and two churches soon appeared. A butter factory was built when dairying began to develop in the district towards the end of the 19th century.

The railway arrived in 1912 (closed 1988) and timber-milling got under way in 1921 with the opening of the area's first timber mill.

In 1959 Nimmitabel was used as one of the locations for the filming, by Warner Brothers, of Jon Cleary's novel The Sundowners. The town has recently received something of a restorative face-lift.

Nimmitabel was the home of the first Greek immigrant to Australia, Jekeir Bulgeires, who is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery.

The New cemetery is out of town heading towards Cooma on the left hand side.  It is also signposted.

Pictorial Register of all headstones in both cemeteries. This includes a close up of headstone and a long shot which shows the whole grave. Also included is the War Memorial with a list of names of those who served from the area. Parents where known have been added. Plus Cemetery Layout. 

Cost ~ $55.00 


Entrance to the New Nimmitabel Cemetery

Scene and Entrance of the Nimmitabel Pioneer Cemetery

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