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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bush Graves

It's not remote, the busy Pacific Highway is close by, but the Corindi Cemetery feels isolated and lonely. The track is rough and site very overgrown. The light rain gave it an eerie feel. All in all it's a classic spooky cemetery that I would not want to visit at night.


The 1911 grave of John Eaves JP has a lovely wooden fence with some simple yet striking design features. Surely the fence is not 99 years old. In the very damp coastal climate of Corindi most wooden fences would only last 30 years but it feels much older. The decorative post tops are irregular and handmade. The gravestone is a beautiful marble that is now heavily stained

The most interesting aspect is the 56 year gap between burials at the cemetery. On the right is the grave of Colin Wall in 1938 and Edmond (Ted) Power in 1994. Ted Power was 92 when he died so he possibly owned the plot for a long time.
One other note: did anyone notice that the sign is  misspelt, however, there are many roads and streets that use this spelling of cemetery! Anyone got any answers on this?

This is my contribution to the Taphophile Tragics meme

13 comments:

  1. Certainly appears remote in these shots.

    Can't find any definitive explanation of "cemetry", it always redirects to "cemetery". Colloquial usage perhaps.

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  2. It is sad that this place has been left to become so overgrown. I like the sound of the name Corindi Cemetry. maybe it was meant to rhyme?

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  3. sometimes its nice to see an overgrown plot gone to seed as the life that lies underneath it...
    really a peaceful place.

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  4. Firstly the spelling. It's the people like me who do that ... you might have noticed I have typos all over the place in my blog.

    It certainly looks overgrown and that fence sure seems unlikely to be original. Even iron fences fall over in that time.

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  5. Looks a great bush cemetery, it has an eerie feel.

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  6. Remote and wild! Like Mother Nature has taken ownership and we are trespassers! Intriguing place!

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  7. You have really captured the atmosphere and essence of this bush cemetery Mark. Great post.

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  8. Looks like it is the middle of nowhere from this angle, almost a private cemetery for a few individuals

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  9. It is always special for me to see such a wild nature cemetery. We don't see that very often here because everything is so organized.

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  10. i think the fence around the grave is a little odd!
    i never saw that spelling of cemetery... no clue!

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  11. Great post, Mark. It does indeed look eerie... But I'm more afraid of living people than dead ones!

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  12. It is interesting to speculate upon the proximity of those two burials, so separate in years were their deaths. They are not all that different in ages (maybe 12 years). But I could not find a link. I was think that maybe Edmund married Colin's wife Violet, but I think Edmund did not marry at all, having looked him up. Colin died at Half-way Creek from a heart-attack as he was working. There is a photograph of him on Ancestry but locked into a private family tree.

    I like this cemetery, and find the long grass and the spelling all part of the charm.

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