Charles O’Neill Walkway NSW, Australia (2016)

A walkway and memorial for the co-founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia and New Zealand has opened at Rookwood Cemetery.

The Charles O’Neill Walkway features information boards detailing the captain’s life, along a paved strip bordered by garden beds and places to sit, reflect and contemplate.

Street Furniture Australia supplied tailored Classic Galleria slim benches (CMG805) featuring Woodgrain battens and mitred corner joints.The Woodgrain battens offer the benefit of minimal maintenance while offering a timber look. The seats frame each of the three courtyard spaces and provide options to sit in the sun or shade.

The Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria opened the memorial with a Mass for Deceased Priests, celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady.

Ray Reynolds, president of the Society in New South Wales, says the inventor, parliamentarian and philanthropist as a dedicated “Vincentian.”

He says O’Neill began his mission in the Rocks area among the most destitute people in Sydney in the late 19th century.

“He promoted the Vincentian ethos and mission as an inspired visionary,” he says.

Peter O’Meara from Catholic Cemeteries says the 148-year-old cemetery is a resting place for many Australian pioneers, and describes O’Neill as “one of the greatest to develop Sydney’s society and religious foundations.”

A walkway and memorial for the co-founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia and New Zealand has opened at Rookwood Cemetery.

The Charles O’Neill Walkway features information boards detailing the captain’s life, along a paved strip bordered by garden beds and places to sit, reflect and contemplate.

Street Furniture Australia supplied tailored Classic Galleria slim benches (CMG805) featuring Woodgrain battens and mitred corner joints.The Woodgrain battens offer the benefit of minimal maintenance while offering a timber look. The seats frame each of the three courtyard spaces and provide options to sit in the sun or shade.

The Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria opened the memorial with a Mass for Deceased Priests, celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady.

Ray Reynolds, president of the Society in New South Wales, says the inventor, parliamentarian and philanthropist as a dedicated “Vincentian.”

He says O’Neill began his mission in the Rocks area among the most destitute people in Sydney in the late 19th century.

“He promoted the Vincentian ethos and mission as an inspired visionary,” he says.

Peter O’Meara from Catholic Cemeteries says the 148-year-old cemetery is a resting place for many Australian pioneers, and describes O’Neill as “one of the greatest to develop Sydney’s society and religious foundations.”

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