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