I took the opportunity, late last year, to visit Elizabeth Macarthur’s grave.
The Macarthur family graveyard is on a quiet hill, about a mile away from and opposite the family home at Camden Park House (about 70kms south west of the Sydney CBD). Elizabeth’s son William, passionate about botany, planted the site with exotic palms, which no doubt quickly grew tall enough to be seen from the house, but most of the site is now sheltered by native trees.
In all my years of researching, I never did find a picture of John or Elizabeth’s gravesites, or any information about them. So, for any researchers in future, here is what little I know.
Elizabeth’s husband John was the first to buried in the family plot, then her adult daughter Elizabeth, then Elizabeth herself. Now the site is a memorial to many generations of Macarthurs, included those who died and were buried elsewhere. The site itself was sold to the NSW Government in 1984, and is now (I believe) administered as part of the historic Belgenny Farm complex, with the proviso that the family will always have access.
Elizabeth’s grave is, actually, a family tomb. There’s no telling who is specifically buried where. The combined graves are marked by a large, rectangular plinth topped by an urn. The plinth was about as tall as me (5’6″ or 168cms, as you prefer), and the urn was another metre or so tall. There are other, separate, graves nearby, of other, more recent family members.
Each side of the plinth has a memorial stone, remembering Elizabeth and John’s children and some of their descendants. The son Elizabeth lost at 11 months of age is remembered here, but not the daughter who was born and died at sea. Elizabeth and John’s memorial is at the front of the plinth. The gilt has long since worn off Elizabeth’s words and, carved into pale stone, they are now very hard to read (and even harder to photograph – sorry).