Les Darcy Gravesite

Les Darcy Family Vault

Restoration Project

The original appearance of the Les Darcy Family Vault

‘Les Darcy as a young boxer’

State Library of New South Wales

Les Darcy Statue,

King Edward Park, East Maitland



An extensive program of repair and restoration works have been undertaken at the Les Darcy Family Vault, located at the East Maitland Catholic Cemetery.

The works included the stabilisation of the southern wall of the vault which had failed, and the reconstruction of the gravesite to its original appearance based on available records.

The grave has been assessed to have State heritage significance, however is not currently listed on the State Heritage Register.

Specialist monumental masons, Monuments in Memoriam undertook the works, ensuring that the integrity of the monument was maintained. The restoration project was managed through Maitland City Council’s City Works and Services division with Conservation Architect John Carr as the supervising conservation architect. In addition Eureka Heritage  managed the approved archaeological works.

A Commemoration event was held at King Edward Park on February 25th, 2012.

Completed Works February 2012

The funds for this project were generated by substantial public donation, including a plaque sponsorship program, in addition to State and Commonwealth grants.

The following articles provide a background to the project. Clippings and photographs have been sourced from a variety of contributors including the NSW State Library, John Carr, the Maitland Les Darcy Committee, Cynthia Hunter and Yanwyn Kirby.


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