The Old Burial Ground (now occupied by the Sydney Town Hall) was used between September 1792 and 1820, when it officially closed. Its replacement was the Sandhills Cemetery (Devonshire Street Cemetery), which later became the site of Central Railway Station. By the 1840s there were concerns about overcrowding and over the next twenty years a number of alternative locations were considered. In 1862 the government purchased 200 acres of land 'near Homebush on the Railway Line
Rose Cottage, Rose Street, Wilberforce, NSW Constructed: 1810-1820. Rose Cottage is the oldest slab hut in Australia and forms the centrepiece of the Hawkesbury Heritage Farm. The Farm recreates an 1800s town. Rose Cottage was built in the 1820s or 1830s and was occupied by the Rose family right up until 1961.