Time for a little more grave humour, methinks…


                            May 2014 bring everyone peace and contentment in abundance…
Happy New Year!!!



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Port Adelaide Pioneers… gravesites gone.

The great esteem shown to their local Pioneers by the dignitaries, and residents, of the Port Adelaide district is clearly shown in this report from the Adelaide Advertiser (Thursday, 4 Oct 1928, page 14.) describing the Civic Reception and entertainment held in their honour.

SAGUT. Pioneers. Port Adelaide. intro

One of the Pioneers, mentioned a little further down in this rather length newspaper article, and honoured on that day is Mr F.L. Le Leu.

SAGUT. Pioneers. Le Leu

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), Thursday 4 October 1928, page 14

Mr Le Leu died on 30 Aug 1945, aged 89 and was buried in Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia.  A search of their site sadly shows that his gravesite has been re-used/ re-cycled and there remains no signage to mark this Pioneer’s life. The civic respect and gratitude, shown in 1928, did not continue.

Cheltenham Grave redeveloped. Le Leu

On Monday 7 October 1929 (page 9) the Adelaide newspaper, the News, reports the death of  Mr E. Pine who was reported to be “one of the earliest settlers of Woodville district.

SAGUT. Pioneers. Pine

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), Monday 7 October 1929, page 9

This highly regarded early Pioneer was also laid to “Rest In Peace” in the Cheltenham Cemetery… However the records show that he too did not remain respectfully laid to rest for Mr Edward Pine’s gravesite has been re-used and re-cycled, with another taking up his burial place and his memorial gone.

Cheltenham Grave redeveloped. Pine

When reading the huge number of glowing newspaper reports about Captain Beilby H. Evans, and his pioneering contribution to the development of South Australia,  I felt quite confident that his gravesite would still be intact.  Here is the introduction to his lengthy Obituary which gives some idea of this mans extreme importance in the European settlement of South Australia.

SAGUT. Pioneers. Evans

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929), Monday 28 June 1926, page 8

Clearly even Captain Beilby H. Evans was not considered worthy enough to have his “final resting place” maintained and protected.  The disgrace of it is here, for all to see, on the Cheltenham Cemetery Website.

Cheltenham Grave redeveloped. Evans Capt

Just a little research showed that the grandson of Captain Evans died during WW1 in France and I wondered if there had been a memorial to him on his Grandfather’s grave?  This was common practice but maybe not, in this case…  Hu knows???

SAGUT. Pioneers. Evans jnr.2

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 – 1954), Saturday 23 September 1916, page 43


Well, there it is… just a brief outline of the many “Portonians” (Port Adelaide Pioneers) whose contributions to the settlement of South Australia have become ignored, and overlooked.  No longer feted and celebrated… the final insult being the desecration of their gravesites.  Sadly, it’s seen as more important to accommodate the wishes of “newcomers”, who want to be buried close to where they live.  Just too sad    😥     Surely there must be a way to bring an end to this. A way which meets the needs of all.

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Copyright © 2014. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel 

Thanks to the National Library of Australia for the Newspaper articles.



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Good-oil groves around graves…

West Terrace Cemetery,  referred to in the newspaper article below , is managed by the ACA (Adelaide Cemeteries Authority) on behalf of the South Australian Government which also manages the Cheltenham Cemetery.

There is, however, a huge difference between the two.  West Terrace Cemetery no longer re-cycles/ re-uses graves, as does Cheltenham,  because it has Heritage status. The graves at West Terrace receive this protection because of a rare indigenous plant growing in its surrounds, not because of the importance of the people interred there.

The gravesites at Cheltenham Cemetery,  whilst managed by the same organisation on behalf of the South Australian Government, are being recycled at an alarming rate with many of our “Portonians”  (Port Adelaide Pioneers) having strangers buried on top of them and their beautiful memorials removed.

It’s a heartbreak for many descendants returning, often from interstate or overseas, to find their Ancestors final resting place desecrated and demolished. It’s a disgrace that our history is being destroyed in this heartless and uncaring way.  We are told that people want to be buried near to where they live and so this is why, when the lease is not renewed, they re-use the graves.  This is simply not good enough…   It’s also said that it is necessary in order to have this money to maintain the Cemetery.  I say that there has to be a better way!!!

Please click on the link below to read the article.  Many thanks.


Copyright © 2013. Catherine Crout-Habel

The Advertiser
30 Dec 2013

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The Blue Candle

Christmas. for those who've pass. Crissouli


Just a simple candle to remember

The times we used to have

Though we cannot touch your arm

We still can touch your heart

As you still touch ours.

© 2012 Crissouli


My blogging friend, Crissouli, is a wonderful storyteller and poet.  Last Christmas she shared her love and loss in this beautiful memoir.  Please click HERE to read her post in its entirety. Maybe you too will choose to light a blue candle, from time to time, to help ease those deep feelings of loss…

Thankyou Chris and may you be forever blessed for your loving compassion, understanding and inspiration.


Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel


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Tombstone Tuesday: the Black family in Kinglassie

Shaking the tree

In Kinglassie Cemetery, Fife:


“Erected by William Black in memory of his father and mother. James Black who died ??? 1897 aged 77 years and Caroline Goodall widow of James who died ??? 1901 aged 67 years.”

James and Caroline were my 3x great grandparents. They lived their entire lives within a small area of rural Fife; raising five children, including my great, great grandfather Alexander Black.

Before her marriage, Caroline worked as a domestic servant. Towards the end of her life, the census records her – aged 67 – working as an agricultural labourer.

As was usual for the children of the poor, the Black children all began work at an early age; my 2x great grand aunt Christian Black was a factory worker at age 12. William, who is responsible for the headstone, became the village blacksmith, while my great, great grandfather Alexander left Kinglassie and became a…

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Lives are commemorated – deaths are recorded – families are reunited – memories are made tangible – and love is undisguised.

This is a cemetery.

Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.

Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are engraved in stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life – not the death – of a loved one. The cemetery is homeland for memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living.

A cemetery is a history of people – a record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering – – – always. – UNKNOWN


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Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching?

A total of 434 war graves marked by bronze plaques are contained in the Adelaide River War Cemetery. The burials are made up of 14 airmen of the RAF, 12 unidentified men of the British Merchant Navy; one soldier of the Canadian Army; 18 sailors, 181 soldiers and 201 airmen of the Australian Forces and seven men of the Australian Merchant Navy.

The Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing honours a further 292 servicemen and women lost to the north of Australia. The adjacent civil section contains the graves of the nine Post Office staff killed on 19 February 1942 during the bombing of Darwin, one of 63 separate occasions from that date. The 63 civilian casualties buried in the cemetery include those of 31 Indigenous Australians.

The youngest buried in the cemetery was Robert H. Stobo, Deck Cadet, M.V. ‘Neptuna’, killed 19/2/1942. He was with the Merchant Navy and was killed in Darwin Harbour during a Japanese air raid. He was only 16 years old.

Wing Commander A.R Tindal is also buried in the cemetery. He was killed in action during a Japanese air raid on Darwin on 19/2/1942. The RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory is named after him. During WW2, there were up to 30,000 Australian Army and United States soldiers based near the town. The 107th Australian General Hospital and 119th Australian General Hospital were set up around Adelaide River.

The last person to be buried in the cemetery was Eileen Hughes in 1947. She came to the Northern Territory to visit her son’s grave who was killed in the war. She died in a motor vehicle accident and was buried in the civil section of the cemetery.


Thanks to Eddie Rushworth for sharing this Video some weeks ago. It’s been lying heavy in my heart since then and now I know why.  It’s because I’ve been remembering the desecration and destruction of the gravesites, and memorials, of so very many of our South Australian “diggers” who died “following the call”… and the sacrilege of our “Australia’s Heroes” final resting place continues.

Can those of us who are left, truly say that we have proven to be “worthy of the sacrifice”?…  


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