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AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

LCDR Pat Timmins


The unusual upper framing of this headstone at Crib Point Cemetery on the Mornington Peninsula intrigued me.
I wondered if it linked with the navy (associated with this grave) rather than the Catholic element.
Not sure if I have the answer.
In 1956-1972, Lieutenant Commander Patrick Timmins was one of several officers in charge of the shipwright and artisans training section in HMAS Nirimba, Quakers Hill, New South Wales.
More details HERE!
Back to the framing of the grave!
Does the design represent the craft and trade element of the navy?
And nearby Crib Point Cemetery is the major naval base HMAS Cerberus.
Did Pat have some association here too?


Messing with big boats
Part of naval history
A man of the sea

P.S. I am so grateful that a family member added a comment to this post.
TT's blog View from the Ballast has a post HERE describing growing up in the Timmins family.

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8 comments:

Julie said...

The top design looks very 'female', if you know what I mean, Gemma. I feel certain that is not intentional, however.

I like the concept of the shipwrights and artisans training section. I will go out and have a read and then return.

I do like those sprouting bulbs at the foot of the stone. Could they be hyacinths, do you think?

VioletSky said...

the layout might suggest that his birth was in Plymouth England, but there is no place listed of his death.

Nicola Carpenter said...

Looks like tere's space for a wife on the other side of the stone. Such a beautiful marker.

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Kate said...

I wonder if the ship at the bottom is part of the gravemarker because it is hard to tell. It's quite a lovely tombstone.

Deb said...

Lovely design, the carving is unusual, maybe an attempt to represent waves?

TT said...

This is the grave of my father an officer, retired, Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy. The headstone has Our Lady engraved on it as that is where he found his strength. Yes he spent many years at HMAS Cerberus too. His wife, my mother is alive and well.

TT said...

The grave is that of my father, an officer and sailor of the Royal Navy and then 30 years in the Royal Australian Navy. He spent many years at HMAS Cerberus and retired there. Our Lady is engraved on the headstone as he found strength from her. His wife, my mother is alive and well. My brother arranged the plants and maintains them.

TT said...

I do believe the flowers being referred to are Jon quills - of which there are 28 of them, not to mention the apple tree and rosemary plant. My dad was a gardener but not planned. Yes he came from Plymouth and passed away on the peninsula.

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