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)


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Homely Grave

As soon as I saw this grave in Sorrento Cemetery, on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula, I thought that it looked like the shape of a home.

When I read the inscription, I thought that it was intended to look like a home.

Here is a view of the grave's position in the cemetery.
Right next to the grave is a seat for staying awhile.

But the real surprise came when I checked out Suzanne's death notice with her funeral directors.
There were some words of high praise.
A heroine of our time.
I had a feeling that there was more story to be told.

And in The Age April 15, 2008, I found an article entitled An Active Mind Blooming With Ideas. It was all about Suzanne Hunt.
Hunt practised as a museum curator, archivist, garden historian and writer. Her community activities ranged from involvement in her children's scout group to keep it from folding, to presidency of her local Liberal Party branch.
For her, history was not an academic pursuit but a lively exploration of ordinary people, things and places, and of the tales they could tell.

She sounds like a beautiful person loved by far more than her own family.
And in the midst of all her achievements, she had a 19 year battle with cancer.
See more of this article HERE!

Perhaps the building shape may represent a museum - protecting treasures.

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Sylvia K said...

A sad, beautiful story and a wonderful post for the day, Gemma! I do love your photos!!


Maude Lynn said...

She must have been a remarkable woman!

hamilton said...

I wonder if husband Robin will be buried alongside her with his name on the other side and they will be together under one roof again.

Ann said...

that's an impressive tomb. I like the floral decoration.

Sondra said...

Quite an impressive memorial!! She lived her life fully and it seems she is missed among the ones who cherished her life..
ITS a really beautiful cemetery.

Sallie ( said...

I am sad for this lovely lady although I've never heard of her until this minute. She was way too young -- amazing how much she accomplished.

Jim said...

Unusually shaped but beautiful.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Yes the grave is unusual and what a great story. She sounds like one of the wonderful people who make up our country communities all over Australia.

Herding Cats said...

What an unusual monument and such an amazing person. Thanks for sharing.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

61 seems so young in today's world. Her obituary indicates a life well lived and well loved. Is it still common for newspaper staff to write the obituary? Here, not unless you're a celebrity.

Deb said...

Sounds like Suzanne was an inspiration to many, and much missed.

VioletSky said...

That is an unusual stone.
But like my discovery a few weeks back in another TT post, after looking at it for little longer, I see the house roof holds the shape of a cross. Very clever.

Kathy said...

An amazing tribute to an amazing woman.

Julie said...

Yes, I knew that YOU could also sense when there was more to be told. All we need to go rummaging around archives is that one little clue, that one little discordant note that doesn't quite gel with the other stuff we have been reading.

Good on you!

The long shot is a very familiar sight to these eyes. Like so many other Australian cemeteries. And contrasts so very much with the Jewish Cemetery in Prague that Jose discusses, and the Sleepy Hollow cemetery outside Boston that CaT discusses.

As for Carolyn's query about the writers of obits nowadays. In the SMH they seem mainly to be written by friends and relatives. Only the ones that make the front pages seem to be compiled by journalists.

Like there are probably already obits written for The Queen and Price Phillip, just sitting on a spike somewhere for use when the time comes.

CaT said...

wow, the graves are so big here! so much stone.. :)
here they tend to be much simpler.



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