Monday, December 27, 2010

Missed it! - Castlebook Memorial Park Cemetery

I am not sure quite how this happened but as I am looking through my photographic collection and aligning it with my blog, I realise that I have photographed the Castlebrook Memorial Park Cemetery but not written anything about it or posted any photographs! So to rectify this I have set aside some space to include some information about the place and include 5 of the photographs from this excursion. The rest of the pictures can be see in my photographic collection, under Castlebrook Memorial Park Cemetery (cemeteries are listed alphabetically).

Crocodile attack
Dinosaur topiary

(...which guards the gates of Hades, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping.
Source: Wikipedia)

Angelic Cerebus (?)

Who is this?

 Grandpa on the motorised scooter...complete with oxygen mask (!)

Castlebook Memorial Park Cemetery is located at  Kellyville Ridge in Northwest Sydney. I couldn't find much information about it, or its history beyond the information given on the website. However, I did find the list of rules and regulations interesting. One of the rules points out that it is within the rights of the cemetery board to remove objects from gravesites:

"Prohibited items – We may refuse, rectify or remove any ornamentation or changes to a memorial or site. For example, we will not allow and will remove items such as artificial flowers, statues, permanent wreaths or spays, boxes, shells and toys and anything that we consider detracts from the beauty of the Park or is a safety hazard, or is in conflict with these Rules."

I am wondering what such items might be. It seems that crocodiles, cerebus and dinosaurs are ok.

Long time, no see.

It has been a long while since I have updated this blog...partly I think because I got busy but also because I am running out of cemeteries to visit within the inner Sydney region and so have to take the time to travel further and further out into the 'burbs' to see some new ones. I still have a list of 'cemeteries to visit' and I hope to get one fine day soon so I can go out with my camera. These include but are not limited to:
However, I am going on a trip to New Zealand soon and hope to visit some cemeteries in that country. We are hiring a campervan to drive all over so will have some opportunities to see some in between the beautiful scenery!  Some potential sites are listed in this useful website: New Zealand Cemeteries

Friday, July 9, 2010

Local Historic Cemeteries - City of Canterbury (Sydney)

It is really hard to find information on the internet about church cemeteries in Sydney. You can find websites with alphabetical lists of all cemeteries in Sydney (or indeed Australia - see: Australian Cemeteries Index), and some people have taken the time to make websites including cemeteries from their local area (see: Cemetery Records Australia) However, trying to find a list of churches which still have graveyards attached is a little bit tricky. If anyone knows of a good site (or is planning to create one!) please let me know.

Anyway, today I visited two small inner city cemeteries which I found through  Cemetery Records Australia
 The Canterbury City Cemeteries Online website includes a small amount of information on each of the sites I visited today and i have taken some of this for my blog (see below). 

I noticed a bit of a pattern in both of the cemeteries which was a number of gravetsones that had text inlaid at the base with various readings including: "Resting", "Remembered", "Sleeping", "Thy will be done" etc. You can see these on the pictures below. I spend ages trying to work out one only to discover it was the name of those interred; "Plumridge".

Moorefield Cemetery

Moorefield Cemetery

I particularly liked this inscription on one headstone:

"This lovely bud so young & fair
called hence by early doom
Just came to show how sweet a flower
paradise will bloom"

 Moorefield Cemetery

Moorefield Cemetery, Kingsgrove, NSW
"Moorefields Methodist Cemetery, Kingsgrove is located behind the church at 96a Moorefields Road, Kingsgrove (public access through Maramba Close).  It is believed to be the oldest cemetery in Canterbury City with the first of over 1155 listed burials recorded on 6 January, 1855 for Emma Lees. The burial records can not be substantiated due to a fire destroying the early records in 1905.
Plots can no longer be purchased. Canterbury City Council is custodian of this cemetery and people with existing rights can arrange for relatives to be interred."
You can take a virtual tour of the cemetery or look at My Photographic Collection (soon to be updated) for more pictures of the site. 
The Conservation Management Plan includes a layout of the cemetery, timeline history of the site and burial statistics amongst other information.

St Saviour's Cemetery, Punchbowl

"The first recorded burial was for Catherine Elizabeth Pearson (age 36 years) on 19th February, 1878. There are many early pioneers of Canterbury City among the 1175 recorded burials"

You can take a virtual tour of the cemetery and find other information including details about the Church itself at the website.

Used the pinhole feature on my camera to take these shots

You can find out more information on both of these cemeteries from the publications of the Canterbury and District Historical Society.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

St Bartholomew's Church & Cemetery - Prospect

Ghost Tours included

After visiting Castlebrook Memorial Gardens Cemetery I did a search for cemeteries in the local area on my GPS. It is rather difficult to get a good list of all the cemeteries in Sydney, they are not particularly well indexed, so this is one way to find those small, out of the way places. This place was rather odd. In between huge the M4 and the Great Western Motorway it is shadowed by huge electricity towers. There is no real parking area, I had to turn off into a small drive way and walk up the hill to the church which is surrounded by large fencing and off-putting signs.

Searching the internet for information turned up this rather interesting link to Ghost Tours of the Cemetery. One happy customer reported: "t was a very cold night and i was freezing and shaking and then the tour guide asked me to sit on one of the graves and i stopped shivering and it suddenly wasn't cold anymore!"  

Historical Information

"The Early Days..
It was from the top of Prospect Hill that Captain Watkin Tench first saw the Blue Mountains in 1789.
In 1791 Governor Phillip settled 12 families on small farms around the base of the Hill. These and later settlers were part of the Parish of St John's Church at Parramatta.
During the 1830s attempts were made to have an Anglican Church built at Prospect to serve the areas of Seven Hills and Prospect.
In 1838 William Lawson, resident at Veteran Hall Prospect, called for tenders to build the church. Prominent and local people had subscribed £376/3/- (approx. $750).
The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday April 17 1841 reported that "On Wednesday last the Bishop of Australia laid the foundation of a Parochial Church at Prospect."
The Rev H H Bobart was appointed and performed the first services. The first baptism was of Margaret Goodin on May 2. 1841, the first marriage was of Thomas Moreing to Sarah McDonald on November 23 1841 and the first burial was of Ann Goodin, aged 15, on July 18 1841.
The church operated until the end of 1967 when it was closed due to increasing vandalism.
On Saturday November 4 1989 a fire gutted the church, destroying the roof and many of the interior fittings, including the organ and furniture.

The Interior...

The church is a plain spacious building comprising a nave chancel and vestry. The tower at the western end had a bell, which was rung from inside the porch. The font, a large shallow bowl on a stone column and base, stood on a slightly raised platform at the back of the church on the left. Six very large kerosene lamps were suspended from the ceiling and there were small wall lamps on the eastern end. A number of marble memorial tablets were on the walls. High box pews provided the seating on the north and south sides, with low backed pews with kneelers in the centre. A hand pumped pipe organ stood at the right hand side. The large windows were of clear glass bordered all around by coloured glass about 13 cm wide.
During 1881-1889 renovations were made and the wooden ceiling was replaced by a metal one, in memory of Robert Crawford. Other memorial gifts included a reading desk, pulpit, new communion rail and handsome font cover.

The Graveyard...

Many early settlers are buried in the graveyard. Among them are William Lawson, one of the first European settlers to cross the Blue Mountains and Thomas Willmot, the first Shire President of Blacktown" (Source: Blacktown: Historica St Bartholomew's Church)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Castle Hill Cemetery

Cemetery with a Virtual Tour! 

The most amazing find on the internet about the Castle  Hill cemetery is the virtual tour! I could only get it to play in Internet Explorer but it was rather cool. You can click on the different sections and look around. See if you can find the graves that I took photographs (see 5 photos below or the entry for this cemetery on my photographic collection *coming soon*)

"An 1897 Parish of Castle Hill map shows a large area bounded today by Showground and Gilbert Roads dedicated on 31 August 1895 for Public Recreation with a section reserved for a cemetery. The land, originally part of the 1801 Castle Hill Government Farm, had been included in a 165 acre Castle Hill Village Reserve set aside in 1861. 

The NSW Government Gazette of 8 September 1902 stated that the land had been dedicated for a General Cemetery on 29 April 1881 and announced the appointment of Bruce Purser, Edwin George Crane, Clare Agrippa Gilbert, George Alexander Muir, Alfred William Bayly, Albert James James and Sylvanius Montefiore Charles Black as Trustees of the Church of England Burial Ground portion of the General Cemetery of Castle Hill. 

The earliest burial in the Cemetery was in 1914 beside Cemetery Road as a fence had not been constructed to mark the boundaries. It was for George Philip Fitzroy who died 25 May 1914 aged 3 years 11 months. The first grave inside the fence (in the Anglican Monumental section) was also for another small boy, Robert James McKay who died 17 Feb 1918 aged 2 ½ years.
Originally Church of England (Anglican), Roman Catholic, Methodist (Uniting) and General sections were designated. A Cemetery Trust had been formed with representatives from each of the three local church groups. In June 1951 talks began about altering this and eventually a Local Government Act of 1967 transferred responsibility to The Hills Shire Council.
Since the late 1960s Lawns, Vaults, a Columbarium and Gardens have been added to accommodate the changing needs of our growing population. There are Anglican, Roman Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Muslim, Independent, Jewish and Baptist sections. 

The Castle Hill Cemetery Entrance Gates, commissioned by Baulkham Hills Shire Council and designed by Giuseppe Organo of Fairfield, were dedicated in September 1978.
In 1967 Cemetery Road was renamed Gilbert Road after the Gilbert Family who had farmed extensive orchards for 100 years on land opposite the Cemetery and extending to Showground Road" (taken from Castle Hill History & Headstones)

Some more information on the cemetery:

"Castle Hill Cemetery is a unique haven located within a tranquil bushland setting, yet centrally placed
in the vibrant and growing residential suburb of Castle Hill. It is considered imperative that the peace,
tranquillity and natural beauty of the cemetery is maintained and enhanced in the future. To this end,
a Plan of Management has been commissioned to ensure that the cemetery continues to cater for
the needs of the community but also ensures the long term conservation and protection of the
remnant forest." Castle Hill Cemetery

Away in a Manger

Rainproof grave figurine
Metal Jesus

Angel and a picket fence

Cemetery Cats

Cessnock Cemetery

Went to download some more photographs from my recent visit to Castebrook Memorial Gardens, St Bartholomew's and Castle Hill on Thursday and found these ones from Cessnock Cemetery unsorted. So, here is a taster of the ones from this cemetery situated right in the heart of the Hunter. Have to say that I was more impressed by the cemetery than the region in general - but this may have been due to my poor mood that the poor variety of sites to see.

The little history I found of Cessnock Cemetery include....

"Cessnock Cemetery is closed to new burials due to the high number of unmarked graves. Plots reserved prior to 1999 will be honoured." (Cessnock City Council)

Also on the Cessnock City council there was a few links to Cemetery related items including:

Grave Digger - specifications about Grave digging and what is involved....interesting...

Flaking angel 

The detail on the wings of this angel are impressive

 Moss layered hand

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bowral Expedition

We recently went on a trip to Bowral, staying at a friend's house. The purpose of the trip was to relax, so of course I managed to get in a few trips to cemeteries whilst we were there. Some were very small, others larger...but all had something interesting to offer. The two larger cemeteries have their own entries but I have included  Burradoo Wesleyan Cemetery (Burradoo Road, Bowral) and the St Simon and St Judes Anglican Cemetery (Bowral) here.

Burradoo Wesleyan Cemetery

My partner noticed the unusual text used on this gravestone 
- 'relict' of the above. The word, according to Genealogy Glossary means  
"a widow, a woman whose husband has died and who has not married again."

This scroll hanging on a log attracted my attention.

 Beautiful detail. 

St Simon and St Judes Anglican Cemetery  

Note the ivy detail on the right side of this headstone.

Note the interesting discolouration of this headstone.

This is the first time I have seen a double grave 
laid out in this manner.

Bong Bong Presbyterian Cemetery & St Andrews Moss Vale - Bong Bong

Bong Bong Presbyterian Cemetery is located on Church Road, off Argyle Road as you approach Moss Vale from Bowral. The website that provides some information on the site gives the address as  Bong Bong & Church Roads and that it is maintained by St Andrews Presbyterian Church Moss Vale. Here is a map to help you find it! 
According to this site, the church within the cemetery grounds is actually called Christ Church Bong Bong and it was built in 1845 by Charles Throsby. It is one of the oldest buildings in the Southern Highlands ("Christ Church Bong Bong walls contain colours from the past")

Some of the highlights from the cemetery below: (more can be found at my photographic collection in the near future!)

I haven't ever seen an image like this -
a face with wings.

This was taken through an old glass cover laying upon a grave. 
They are often seen on older graves covering:
flower arrangements, hands or small animals.

This detail looks almost like bat wings
Good view of the church pas these three stone crosses.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cemeteries in the South West - Western Australia

This is rather delayed as you can see by the date but now I would like to share some of my pictures from our trip to Western Australia, and specifically the South-west. Here is a map of the region and I will try to get to these in the order that we saw them. This page will serve as the main page for navigation to the various picture collections but each cemetery will have its own description and some choice photographs.


Cemeteries in the South-West of Western Australia - October 2009

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nannup Cemetery

I like the idea of these angles laying atop the gravestone in such a manner.
There were a number of this kind of ornament in this cemetery -
the flower headdress being particulary common

There is not much information about this cemetery but I have scrapped together some material for this post. The town of Nannup has a population of about 1200 people and is located 282 km south of Perth.

According to the Municipal Shire of Nannup, the land for the cemetery was set aside in 1906. The first recorded Church of England internment was in 1908. The cemeteyr includes sections for various denominations and paupers. It is still in use today.

I love the effect that moss has on these simple figures.
Sometimes they can look rather menancing with the eyes
blackened but this seems to hold its innocence.


History of Nannup
Shire of Nannup Municipal Inventory

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pemberton Cemetery

Pemberton is located 335 km south of Perth and is in the heart of karri country. These trees are huge and there is a famous one that you can climb called the Gloucester tree (here is a picture of me climbing it!)

It was initially hard to recognise this figure, a horse,
because of the strange angle it is on. It looks as though
it is curling its head around the headstone.

Pemberton Cemetery
The following information is taken from the Cemetery and Historical Records in the Manjimup District website created by Judith Chequer.

"The Pemberton Cemetery was founded in the early 1920's with the earliest grave memorial remaining being for Wallace Thomson, who was buried on the 20th Dec 1920 in the Anglican section. Almost all the graves in this cemetery have grave number makers and the sites are easy to find. The Cemetery was initially divided into 3 sections; Catholic, Methodist and Anglican - which are now full - and a new Non Denominational section has been added to the South of the original site.

The graves without headstones are in the process of being restored by the Cemetery Committee, with the assistance of the RSL, and there is now a white cross marking each grave. The Cemetery Committee is also working on upgrading and correcting the records for the Shire Council and are to be commended for their wonderful work.

Pemberton Niche Wall

The Niche Wall is situated in the Pemberton Cemetery information building and was erected by the residents of Pemberton, with the assistance of the Green family. The Wall was dedicated on the 19th November 1993 and there is a plaque thanking the Green Family for their contribution to the wall."

This is layout map of the site including names and denominations. You can find a list of the names included in the niche wall here.

This piece actually had the thumb print of the sculptor visible on it.
It reads, "He died for freedom and honour".

Shire of Manjimup
Pemberton Cemetery

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Walpole Cemetery

I thought this worth including both for its kitche factor but also
because I love the detail of the whale following Noah's Ark.

Walpole is situated 430 kilometres from Perth and has a population of about 500 people. Its main attraction, apart from being a coastal town is the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants. Here you can walk in the canopy so having a bird's eye view of the karri and tingle trees. Here is a picture of me on the specially designed suspension type bridge.

Walpole Cemetery

I wasn't able to find any information about the cemetery's history. However I did find mention of it in one (relatively) recent issue of the Walpole Weekly. In November 2008 there was an entry is about the need for a gazebo type building to be included in the grounds for the benefits of visitors. I don't recall seeing this gazebo when we were there so am not sure if it has gone ahead or not.

This is a rather motley collection of item which is why it is so interesting.
A clear stone, an angel head, a rocking horse, cupid and dead leaves.
An art work by accident.

Here is a link to the layout of the cemetery which includes the names and denominations of those buried there.

I often photograph broken items on gravestones. I think this is because
they seem to break the spell of the serenity of the grave itself. They are
unsettling but strangely beautiful.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Denmark Cemetery

Denmark Cemetery

You will often see gnomes in cemeteries.
People like them in life...and in death it seems.

A dogs view of the cemetery. 

Denmark is 414km from Perth and has a population of about 5000 people.

"The Denmark Cemetery is located on South Coast Highway and managed by the Denmark Shire Council." (Denmark Council) Committee meeting minutes are available here.

A cemetery map is located here.
Here is a link to the register of names of those buried.

  This bird was laying on its side in the middle of the rows of headstones. 
I wasn't sure where it belonged. I like the way it is just laying there.

The Denmark Cemetery - Denmark Shire Council.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Albany Cemetery

Albany is located 409 km from Perth. It is famous in the region for being a whaling station. Operations ceased  20th of November 1978.
I learned on our trip here that this site was often the last seen by ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand ArmyCorps) troops as they left for World War I. More information on this can be found on this site. 

Albany Cemetery
I was able to find some information about this cemetry which is included below the image:
 The crack cuts right across the head of this angel.

The current name of the cemetery is the Albany Memorial Park Cemetery . Former names include; Memorial Park Cemetery, Old Albany Cemetery, Middleton Road Cemetery and  Pioneer Cemetery. It is located on Middleton Road in Albany.

"Albany Memorial Park Cemetery, a hillside cemetery reserve of just over 2.5 hectares divided into denominational sections and containing approximately 5,000 graves, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
  • the place is the first consecrated cemetery in Western Australia;
  • the place has a landmark quality on both sides of Middleton Road,which has provided the basis for the development of further recreational developments in the immediate vicinity;
  • the place is the burial ground for many people involved in the European settlement of the region, and of members of families prominent in the early history of Western Australia, particularly those prominent within the Great Southern regions;
  • the place is significant for the number of burials of people from different cultural backgrounds and is representative of the multicultural foundation of the development of the town and region; 
  • the place is valued by the Albany and the Plantagenet regional community as a tangible reminder of the historical development of the town and region. The place is valued through its religious, historical, familial, personal and social associations and contributes to the local community’s sense of place; and,
  • the place is significant as a cultural landscape, a topographically unusual cemetery, and a collection of sepulchral masonry and ironwork" (Source: Heritage Council of Western Australia) 

"The National Trust of Australia (WA) classified the Memorial Park Cemetery in December 2000 and it was placed on the permanent register of the Heritage Council of WA in 2003 and is also included in the Municipal Heritage Inventory of the City of Albany.
The entire Memorial Park Cemetery presents as a fascinating visitor experience – the setting, the landscape, the grave markings and the memorials commemorating the burials of people over one hundred years of the developing community of a port settlement which began in 1826, became a Town and finally a City and major regional centre.

 Unusual item. Perhaps this person was a Doors fan? 
"Peace Frog" being a famous song of theirs. 

All the burials in the cemetery are significant from a social history point of view. Others are important for the materials used or for aesthetic appeal of the tombstones and railings. Many of the interest as servicemen, as mariners or as people of high profile in the life of Albany; most are relevant as ordinary people with no claim to notoriety." (Source: Albany Cemetery Board)

A List of famous people buried at the site is available here.

I have absolutely no idea what this is, however the shapes and 
colours and interesting and provide a stark contrast to the grey of the headstone. 

Whaling in Albany - WhaleWorld
Albany's History - Albany Historical Society
Register of Heritage Places - Heritage Council of Western Australia
Albany Cemetery Board

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kojonup Cemetery

Konjonup is located 260km  from Perth. I wanted to visit this place as my great grandmother and great grandfather are buried here. I managed to find the grave after consulting the friendly and helpful staff at the local tourist information centre. 

Konjonup Cemetery

  This is the gravestone of my great grandparents. The inscription reads:
In Loving Memory of George Emery Gare
Beloved Husband of Henrietta
Loved father of Frank, Joan and Dick.
Born 1.9.1880   Died 28.4.1949

Later, when my great grandmother died, my grandfather (Frank Ellis Gare 1918-2003) 
interred her ashes in the same grave and provided the additional inscription (see image). 

The inscription reads:
And his loving wife
Born 11.3.1894   Died 2.9.1990
Together Again.  

I was not able to locate much information on the internet, save for this link to the record of the cemetery under the Kojonup Cemetery Act of 1928.

I like the effect of the spider web on this angel's head and wings.

Someone has given this angel a flag to hold, rather unceremoniously held together with masking tape.