Having long been a 'graveyard tragic', this week provided an opportunity to explore yet another cemeteryy, this time Botany Cemetery on the shores of Botany Bay, otherwise marketed as Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park. It is both burial ground and crematorium, with the first burial in 1893. It does contain a heritage section, but all these graves have been removed to Botany from inner city burial grounds destined for 're-use'.
Except for the first one, these grave adornments are usually ceramic or porcelain. Artificial flowers like this were much used in each of the Parisian cemeteries that I visited last month: Pere LaChaise, Montparnesse, Montmatre and Passy. The use of REAL flowers in and around graves in Australia is nowhere near as frequent as in the Parisian cemeteries. In comparison, our cemeteries here in Sydney are uptight - well kempt and regular, sprawling laterally rather than vertically.
The first image in this post is a 'bandaged bear' used by hospitals to raise funds which appears to have been deposited by some sort of 40 day flood.