A bitter epitath

Alex McKay was one of nine people murdered by the Jimmy Governor gang, touted as Australia‚Äôs last outlaws. McKay’s gravestone stands proudly in the Gulgong Cemetery, New South Wales, slightly apart from other graves. It declares he was “brutally murdered by the blacks.” The Governor story is well studied in Australian history, with its overtonesContinue reading “A bitter epitath”

Ornaments and oddities

Graves are sometimes embellished in intensely personal ways, which tell a bit about the person and the times in which they lived. Here are some of the meaningful, poignant or sometimes plain strange things I have seen decorating graves. Then there are embellishments which stand for hard work. I can’t quite get my head aroundContinue reading “Ornaments and oddities”