Grave Digging

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Yesterday I undertook a site inspection at the Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery. While I was there I snapped a few photos. This cemetery was closed in 1975, unless you have a 'reserved spot'. If so you can still get in. Since 1975 burials take place in the 'garden' cemetery south of town.

The Memorial Cemetery is a dusty, dry cemetery, typical of many Central Australian cemeteries (though somewhat green at the moment due to recent rain). It shows a cross section of the Alice Springs community from the white folk who made the big time in Central Australia, the 'Mohammedans' and the Indigenous Australians (now recorded euphemistically as 'non-denomination').

Such a juxtiposition between grave sites with rich and poor buried side by side

The chair makes me think that this lady often has visitors...

Behind this grave you can just see the markers of the stillborn section

Alice Springs has another cemetery, the Stuart Cemetery which accommodated the deceased from 1889-1928. The Stuart Cemetery is somewhat an 'informal' cemetery and I'm looking at visiting it in the near future.

1 comment :

  1. I love the colours of these photos, particularly the first.


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