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Australia: NSW – West Wallsend Cemetery Turns 125

The link below is to an article reporting on the 125th birthday of West Wallsend Cemetery.

For more visit:
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3145806/west-wallsend-cemetery-tour-for-125th-anniversary/

Australia: NSW – Maitland’s Jewish Cemetery

The link below is to an article that reports on efforts to save the Jewish cemetery in Maitland.

For more visit:
http://www.insidehistory.com.au/2014/03/saving-maitlands-jewish-cemetery/

Article & Gallery: Old Calton Cemetery

The link below is to an article and gallery of the Old Calton Cemetery in Edinburgh, Scotland.

For more visit:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/old-calton-cemetery

NEGLECTING OUR PAST

I have been reminded once again of how much Australians neglect our past. I have thought this for a long time and my visit to the Nabiac/Failford Cemetery reconfirmed my thoughts on the matter.

In the case of cemeteries the state of a cemetery quickly betrays this state of mind. Generally the lawns are very poorly maintained and most of the older (and a good number of the younger) graves are very poorly maintained. If there are gardens and/or lawn plantings – these also will be neglected.

When it comes to trying to read a headstone, generally speaking, the older the headstone the more difficult it is to read. Most of the older headstones are in varying degrees of decay (so to speak).

This neglect is not limited to cemeteries. In my travels around the country I have seen many examples of our heritage being allowed to fall into further ruin through neglect.

I really do think that the majority of Australians do not appreciate our heritage and history. Perhaps we are still too young as a country.