A walk through time in Camperdown Cemetery

Posted: September 9, 2018 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time

yesterday we walked back through time at Camperdown Cemetery for History Week
in the 1940’s all but 4 acres of the cemetery were given over as a public park, the bones of the dead are still there but the old headstones were removed to line the inside of the walls that were built to separate the parkland from the cemetery
Some of the most prominent and remarkable features of the site are not tombs or gravestones but an odd assortment of objects, mostly architectural, that were saved from destruction and placed in the cemetery. This is the detached pediment of a building with a carved ship ploughing through the waves. It is part of the old Maritime Services Building, (c.1850) placed in the cemetery as a memorial to seamen.
(above photos courtesy of Donna Hinchcliff 2018)
here’s some photos taken on a foggy autumn morning in 2010 when I tried to catch the atmosphere
love the old Chinese elms the way they have self sown through the old graves
a quiet place for contemplation
wreathed in mystery
and wonder
with beautiful views
the fabulous fig planted in 1848 at the front gates
photo courtesy of Gabrielle Bates 2018

  1. dinahmow says:

    I like old, crumbling cemeteries. And am always pleased when they become parks. I have never felt that disrespectful, as I probably would if they bulldozed Rookwood or Highgate for a supermarket!

  2. Lana says:

    Atmosphere beautifully captured.

  3. Liz A says:

    Your words woven through mystery-ous and wonder-full images … a fitting paean

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) the memorial park is loved by all the locals, it’s a place for meeting friends, there’s a playground for little kids, a big off leash space for dogs & shady benches to just sit and watch the world go by.

  4. Rene says:

    I love Graveyards, especially the really old ones. There are some beautiful headstones about……….

  5. jaime says:

    Where my great grand aunts and uncles are buried I found the most wonderful gift given to somebody’s ancestor. Someone had planted the whole plot in thyme. What better gift than more thyme.

  6. Saskia says:

    dare I say it: haunting, in a good way

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