Full moon tour ....

of the Melbourne General Cemetery!

Wow!  Was this so much fun and so interesting!

This is taken straight from their website:

"Melbourne’s iconic and historically significant cemetery.
One of Australia’s most historically significant cemeteries, Melbourne General Cemetery is characterised by it’s notable interments, heritage listed Gate House, Prime Ministers Garden and Saint Mary of the Cross mausoleum.
The striking grounds, designed like a large public park, span 43 hectares (106 acres) and feature many historic and ornate monuments.
Covering 43 hectares (106 acres), the Melbourne General Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in Australia, established with trustees in 1852 and opened in 1853. It was the first modern cemetery in Victoria, in that it was designed like a large public park with wide wavy paths, separate religious areas, gate lodges, rotundas, chapels, evergreen trees and shrubs.
The first burial was that of John Burnett in 1853 and there have been over 300,000 burials since then. The heritage listed gate lodge was rebuilt during 1934 and 35 and the oldest surviving buildings are the Jewish chapel of 1854 and the Catholic mortuary chapel of the 1870s and 1880s."

Marie and I found it to be a really fascinating way to spend a few evening hours on a hot, Melbourne night.

The tomb of the longest serving Prime Minister of Australia, Sir Robert Menzies.

Lots of fascinating monuments.

They make for a dramatic skyline.

A draped weeping woman on the grave of one of the richest men buried here.

Look at that moon!

This man was the famous "Vagabond", see the hand with the pen on his tombstone? You can read more about him here.

Many of the older monuments tell a story.  This one is about a fireman who was tragically killed fighting a fire on board a ship at Port Melbourne.  His tombstone is covered in symbols of his profession - see the firehose and tap on the right.  And the inscription at the bottom.

Some tombs are very elaborate.

This is the underground mausoleum which they have just opened.  It looks like a hotel lobby!  It is called the gallery of Angels, with prints of angels and piped music. Only a cool $40, 000 to $50, 000 to be buried here!

Of course, I took lots more photos but I won't bore you with them.  All I will say is, that if you live in Melbourne this tour is well worth doing.

On our way back to the car, Marie and I noticed a whole lot of people milling around on the nearby oval.  So, we wandered over to have a look.

Imagine our surprise when we discovered that medieval fantasy battles were going on!

Apparently, every Friday night for the past five or so years, people just turn up in costume with fake weapons and try to win three flags for their battalion by "killing" their opponents by hitting them on the back.  If you are "dead" you kneel, sit or lie down.

It is sort of Game of Thrones meets The Walking Dead as there were knights in full armour, Death with a scythe and lots of zombies running around.  There were also a couple of "heroes" carrying books who could bring people back to Life!

What fun!  All very civilised, as when one melee came close to where we were watching, I heard one young man,as he "killed" a slightly older man,  apologise for being too rough! lol!

I cannot believe that I had never known that this sort of event was a regular occurrence!

I did suggest to Marie that it could be our new activity - lol!  Although, for some strange reason, she did not necessarily think that this was going to happen!

Anyway, TraderVic and I are off to collect my dear Dad and then it is up to Ballarat for today and tomorrow to visit my Uncle and Aunt.  So, some car stitching in my near future.



Barb said…
A very fascinating post! My dear Dad used to love to explore old cemeteries, especially those in New England. Have a wonderful visit with your Dad!
Lisa V said…
I would have loved the cemetery tour, how exciting!
It looks like the group on the oval were having a fabulous time, good on them.
rosey175 said…
Ooooh this is wonderful. I love cemeteries, particularly old ones with interesting history. The mausoleum really does look like a lobby, how strange. I don't think I'd like to be in a place like that for all eternity; give me trees and grass any day.

Love the battle scene! It sounds like a ton of fun both for the watching and the playing!
Margaret said…
Wow! Very fascinating! I find cemeteries too morbid for my tastes, but I love it when others visit. lol!
Linda said…
Awesome pictures Kaye and very interesting. The medieval battles sound like fun.

EvalinaMaria said…
Fascinating, thank you for sharing :)
cucki said…
I love cemetery so much and I would love to watch it..somuch
Interesting post my dear xx
Robyn of Oz said…
Hi Kaye
I've always called cemeteries the boulevard of broken dreams. Beautiful places, but often so sad when you really explore them.
Your medieval battlers are Swordcraft. There are lots of these types of groups around. Some have been in existance a lot longer than GoT and most of the computer games that abound these days. :)
KimM said…
What an enlightening and interesting post, Kaye.
Hugs - SSF
butterfly said…
Great photos thanks for sharing .
Great post, really interesting. I find old cemetaries fascinating. I really want a woodland burial but if that can't be arranged then I definitely want a distraught person sprawled across my tomb! Maybe it should be a fellow stitcher with the inscription "she was buried with all her stash".
The battle looks like great fun! I did a LRP weekend once and that was great, running around an old cold war bunker being an Elf Warrior!
Maggee said…
Genealogy is one of my favorite things to do, and visiting cemeteries is a MUST! I couldn't help but notice that the fourth photo has a copy of an old favorite statue I have admired, called La Pieta -- think it is in St. Peter's Basilica, in Rome, by one of the greast--Michelangelo! Apparently carved between 1498 and 1500! Something about the details... so exquisite!
Brigitte said…
Oh my, that would be something for my husband who is doing genealogy. He often visits old cemeteries and I have to admit that I also find it interesting to read old gravestones and to ponder about the destiny of some of the people who died a hundred or more years ago.

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