AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hector John Sutherland


An unusual grave presentation for Hector John Sutherland at Crib Point Cemetery on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula.
To me, the seat seems older than the grave itself.
(Perhaps just old woods were used.)
But the wavy shape of the grave (no distinct border) seems to connect both seat and grave, inviting a sense of being together to whoever wishes to stay awhile.


And there are two layers of distinctly different stones??


But it was the cyclist image that really captured my interest (mainly because my son is riding South America's Andes Trail from the end of this month!)
In the 1950 Commonwealth Games cycling event in Auckland, New Zealand, Hector Sutherland won Australia's first gold medal in the individual 100km road race.
(Commonwealth Games cycling events were first held in 1934).

Spokes and turning wheels
Locked into history's gold
Forever riding


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12 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never before seen a grave quite like this.

Mumsy said...

That's an awesome sight, and lonesome at the same time!

Riet said...

He must have been a wonderful man and cyclist

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is an inviting grave -- I'm thinking that he must have loved visiting with people when he was alive....

And your "throwaway line" about your son's plans deserves a big hooray for him! Wowser.

VioletSky said...

Good for your son.
(the cycling caught my eye too, but for the Tour de France that I have been keeping close tabs on!)

there is something very relaxed and homemade looking about this site.

Julie said...

Yes, there is most certainly a definite attempt to link the visitor with the departed, and invite them to sit a spell.

As for the gravel and stones, maybe our Hector came a gutser more than once on grave on the curbside!

I like the Australian native flora too.

biebkriebels said...

Such a nice grave with a seat to it.

Nicola Carpenter said...

what a lovely grave, I would like to sit there for a while.

Herding Cats & Beneath Thy Feet

Deb said...

Is that a tyre track going past the wooden seat? Seems most appropriate.

hamilton said...

If her were Jewish, (which I doubt) I'd have said he had a lot of friends and admirers leaving stones at his grave side.

Naquillity said...

what a beautiful haiku/ tribute. love the design of this grave. very inviting for those who want to visit. hope your son has a great time riding this month. hope all is well.

CaT said...

you are right! the grave and bench seem connected.. thats nice!

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