Places for Quiet Meditation – Prague

  Throughout most recorded history, human societies have used various types of cemeteries for burial purposes; this theme points to humanity’s need to construct a meaning behind death and reflect life into the places where the dead are interred. Whether the bodies of the deceased are placed in the ground, within elaborate tombs, or simply … Continue reading Places for Quiet Meditation – Prague

Idyllic Bush Resting Place

Bush songs devised by ordinary, everyday people are a record of the people's experiences of living, surviving and dying in the bush, as well as the colourful slang of bush life.   Today, on my way back from meeting a friend at Malmsbury for lunch, I saw a sign, that I had never noticed before, … Continue reading Idyllic Bush Resting Place

Penang’s First Lady – Martina Rozells

A Eurasian of Siamese and Portuguese descent, Martina Rozells, is said to be have been born in Thaland, Phuket and later became an adopted child of the Sultan of Kedah in what is today Malaysia – just south of Satun province in Thailand. She has variously been depicted as the a Siamese Princess, the Princess of … Continue reading Penang’s First Lady – Martina Rozells

Stones Record Family Losses

In the first few years of the colony, mortality was very high, but the common childhood infections were absent until the 1830s. From the 1880s, there was a sustained decline in mortality from communicable diseases, and therefore in aggregate mortality, while maternal mortality remained high. Some details included with photos.

Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

I am sure you remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books, where you’re chased by a tiger.  You can escape it by leaping into the ocean 50 feet below (go to page 48) or face the tiger with your homemade slingshot (go to page 128). Akari (my Mazda 3) loves driving through roads with avenues … Continue reading Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

Honouring The Pioneers

Henry Lawson's The Drover's Wife is an Australian classic that depicts life for the early Australian pioneers. McCubbin’s monumental painting The pioneer reflects the self-conscious nationalism of the years immediately following Federation. Each panel is ‘read’ to link the progress of toil on this land across time. The first panel shows a pioneering couple in … Continue reading Honouring The Pioneers

The Past Dwells Here

An entire past comes to dwell here! Gaston Bachelard 'Poetics of Space' In the summer of 2011, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland's west coast, excavations revealed the only known Viking boat burial to be excavated on the British mainland in modern times. The vessel survived in the form of more than 200 rivets, many … Continue reading The Past Dwells Here

Interpreting Spaces

In an age of so much homogenised space, so much shoddy, cramped, dimly lit, low ceilinged space, these resting places offer a fresh way of interpreting and understanding space. In an era suffused by television and video games, fluorescent lighting and plastic floors, air conditioning and badly built houses these memorials demonstrate the poetry of space … Continue reading Interpreting Spaces

Local Cemetery Exploration

This Sutton Grange Cemetery enjoys scenic views across to Mount Alexander and the green stone quarry of special significance to the aboriginal people who first lived here. What used to be a thriving town during the prosperous days of the early 19th century, Sutton Grange has now been reduced to a population of around 150 people, … Continue reading Local Cemetery Exploration

Akari’s Mystery Tour

Definition: a mystery tour is a short journey that people make for pleasure without knowing where they are going Akari, my 2008 Mazda 3, specialises in magical mystery tours that feed the soul and the creative spirit. Akari knows all about duende, that raw, tempestuous creative energy that flamenco guitarists, gypsies and dancers are familiar with. Her … Continue reading Akari’s Mystery Tour

Harsh Times on the Goldfields

Life in the 1850's in Hobart Town was not easy. Like my great grandfather it is  likely that this family were drawn to the Victorian goldfields, from Hobart, lured by the prospect of finding gold and making a fortune. Disease was rife upon the goldfields, where poor sanitation meant that refuse and excrement were liable to … Continue reading Harsh Times on the Goldfields

The Stones and Ground Here Tells Stories

Recently I have taken to exploring cemeteries.  A taphophile, otherwise known as Tombstone tourist, cemetery enthusiast, detective or graver is an individual who has a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries, epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art, and history of (famous) deaths. I am not sure I will become a taphophile but I can see how visiting cemeteries … Continue reading The Stones and Ground Here Tells Stories

Was She Robert Burns Granddaughter?

And fare thee well, my only Luve And fare thee well, a while! And I will come again, my Luve, Tho' it were ten thousand mile. Robert Burns Robert Burns, the celebrated Scottish poet, had 12 children by four women - nine by his wife Jean Armour. Seven of his children were illegitimate, including the … Continue reading Was She Robert Burns Granddaughter?

May They Have Found Peace

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms Maya Angelou   On a quiet country back road, near the Newstead General Cemetery, lie two burial markers of interest. One is simply called Chinese Ground. The Chinese were not welcome on the Australian goldfields. They were thorough workers, often picking meticulously through the discarded … Continue reading May They Have Found Peace

A Window to the Past

A graveyard can be a great place to explore local history and genealogy, or just take a peaceful late winter walk. So let’s grab our coats and cameras and head out to the nearest cemetery to learn about local history! How to Explore a Graveyard In a piece called Travel With a Purpose Angela Dollar … Continue reading A Window to the Past