Dromana Cemetery is not far from my home on the Mornington Peninsula.
You may notice that no particular grave here has featured in any of my Taphophile Tragics posts.
(You have seen the view!)
There is a reason.
The cemetery is on a mountain, a steep mountain known as Arthurs Seat, with panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay.
The mountain is steep, so the walkways are steep and very slippery when wet with rain or mountain or sea mist.
And that is often the case.
Several times I have been here and attempted to face my fear of heights.
But still I stay on the "flat" middle entrance driveway, looking either up the steps or down.
So I console myself with a few zoomed views of nearby graves.
This crumbling grave is right at the entrance gate of the cemetery.
William Henderson was a civil engineer from Glasgow, specialising in designing waterworks.
It was in that capacity he emigrated and became well known in Victoria for his skills.
Excerpt from ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers)
Mr. Henderson’s connection with the Colony of Victoria commenced in the year 1886, when he was engaged in making
reports and estimates for irrigation projects under the instructions
of the Royal Commission on Water-Supply. He was then
appointed executive engineer to the Victorian Water-Supply
Department, in which capacity he designed and superintended the
construction of national irrigation works in the district of
Goulburn. He was also engaged in preparing a report and
estimates for a supply of water for domestic and stock purposes
over about 17,000 square miles in the Mallee District. He retired
from the service of the Victorian Water-Supply Department in
1895, and started to practise on his own account as a hydraulic
engineer.Shortly afterwards, he was struck down with paralysis and died at the age of 44 in his brother's home near Dromana.
What I wonder is, where was his private practice? Dromana?
The Mallee district, where James mainly worked, is in the far north of Victoria.
Dromana is in the far south.
Was James Henderson's brother the only connection with Dromana?
Strange to find such a large memorial to a public figure who may not have lived in the area.
NOTE #1: The M.I.C.E. on the grave = Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers
#2 I believe that there is another "secret" entrance to the lower end of the cemetery from the now defunct Arthurs Seat chairlift.
More exploring to be done!
Hillside resting place
Where the spirit may fly free
With views to dream on
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