Wow! Was this so much fun and so interesting!
This is taken straight from their website:
"Melbourne’s iconic and historically significant cemetery.
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.
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.