Tomorrow I launch yet another meme into the blogosphere: Taphophile Tragics!
Today, I thought to take the opportunity to provide a preview for any of you with a similar predilection. "How to play" is explained on the Taphophile Tragics blog which I link here, but also link in the side-bar of Sydney Eye.
These images were taken on a meander through the Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery, on the north shore of Sydney. Dedicated in May 1868, the first burial, that of Elizabeth Dalton, occured on 22nd February 1877, but headstones dated earlier than this were placed in the cemetery when the Devonshire Street Cemetery closed prior to 1906 to allow that site to be redeveloped into Central Station.
Gore Hill cemetery was closed to burials in 1977 - the final burial, that of Francis O'Brien on 24th February, 1974 - and placed on the State Heritage Register in 1986. A memorial garden for the placement of ashes was erected in 1991. Saint Mary McKillop was initially buried in the Gore Hill Cemetery (1909), until she was moved to her own chapel in North Sydney in 1914.
Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery is beside North Shore Hospital, within easy walking distance of St Leonards Railway Station.
If this tweaks your interest, come over tomorrow to Taphophile Tragics, read my first post, and consider contributing a post of your own. This week's link will be open until Friday night, Sydney time.