On the topic of genealogy ... this week we went to search for graves of our ancestors at The Rookwood Necropolis ....
Look at what we found ... graves over run with grass and weeds, headstones falling over, no respect, no care.
Snakes, rabbits and hares abound, the ants are big enough to carry you off ... distressing.
The "Necropolis" at Rookwood, has been on the original site since 1867.
Less than 18ks / 11miles from the heart of Sydney, covering 699 acres it's one of the largest burial grounds in the world. Much of the cemetery was laid out like a picturesque park, radiating circles, serpentine paths and scenic locations, using much of the 19th century funerary customs by way of plant symbolism. Parts of it are beautiful.
Who Mows It ...
It's all about money, it's political, as the hospital and education systems are in turmoil - how can anyone expect funding to fix a cemetery?
Initially the designers never dreamt Sydney's population would explode from when there were basically three major denominations.
There's much to contemplate about where we might remain!