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Knowing I needed to post a “Friday Funny”, to cheer myself up… this little gem glided down from cyber- space, from a great blog I follow, arriving like a beautiful little gift from heaven.

When living, and working in the USofA in 1994, I was fascinated by their signs reading “Dead End” where ours read “No Through Road.”

So, here you have it…  a “ridgy didge” photo of a cemetery in Duncan, Arizona, USA on the blog “Always Backroads”.  Many thanks… it’s terrific to be joining with fun people, in the USofA,  in a good old hearty, belly shaking chuckle.     😆

SAGUT - Dead End. old-cem-duncan-az

Photo attributed to “Always Backroads” http://alwaysbackroads.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/dead-end/


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Almost Cemetery Fences

The destruction and desecration of gravesites disturbs my very soul and to see these old burial sites allowed to simply return to nature fills my heart with gladness…

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The cemetery from the time when Elephant Butte Dam was being built (about 1916 but there are a few newer graves) is guarded by a couple of ‘no trespassing’ signs.  No fence, just the fence posts.  no trespassing

And this is what they guard.  This is the newer grave (R. J. Schmalhausen, 1861-1932).
EB fenced grave

Most graves that can be seen are just piles of rocks overgrown with cactus and creosote.  This one had a nice fence once, but I think the cactus protects the grave more than the metal fence ever did.

EB grave cactus

Here’s an overview of the cemetery.  Not many family members visit to put flowers on the graves.  But the other day there were bluebirds decorating the area.  Very nice.

EB cemeteryI’ll link with Friday Fences, although mine are minimal.

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Time for a little more grave humour, methinks…


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



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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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A chance to make a difference and preserve South Australian graves…

Right now we all have a brief opportunity to make a real difference in ensuring that the descendants of those buried in South Australia are fully informed enabling them to take over expired leases, and save/ preserve the graves of their Ancestors, if this is what they wish – information is power.

South Australia has a new “Burial and Cremation Act 2013”  which I’ve written about previously. The Draft Bill went through a Public Consultation process, passed the Parliament on 4 June 2013 and received Royal Assent on 14 June 2013.

This work to create a single Act to regulate the industry and to create consistency across the industry including the duration of interment rights, the closure and conversion of cemeteries and the re-use of interment sites, has ensured privately owned cemeteries are subject to the same regulatory scheme as publicly operated cemeteries.  This began 10 years ago with the work of a Select Committee and has much to commend it e.g. the removal of the 99-year limitation on interment rights in public cemeteries but unfortunately the leasing arrangements, whereby a burial site can be re-used/ re-cycled if the lease is not renewed, remains.

However, all is not lost because the Act can not come into operation until the “Regulations” which describe how the Act will actually be administered have been written and passed by Parliament.  It is most fortunate that our South Australian Attorney General/ Deputy Premier, John Rau, has called for public consultation on the Draft Regulations. Here is an opportunity for us all to put forward our views on aspects of this Bill crucial to family, family historians and genealogists… e.g.

*clarifying who is entitled to exercise, or enforce, an interment right when the holder of the lease has died.

*the manner in which descendants are advised the lease has expired and that if it remains unpaid the grave will revert to the control of the cemetery authority for “redevelopment” i.e. re-use/ re-cycling.

*the disposal of unclaimed memorials etc.

If you wish to take part in consultation on the Draft Regulations the contact person is:

Kellie Tilbrook
Senior Legal Officer, Policy and Legislation

Responses need to be forwarded in little more than 2 weeks time i.e. by the close of business Friday 15 November 2013, at the latest, and sent to:

Burial and Cremation Regulations 2013 Consultation
c/o Legislative Services
 Attorney-General’s Department
GPO Box 464

Email:           LLPsubmissions@agd.sa.gov.au

PLEASE NOTE:  Consultation is not restricted to those residing in South Australia as many move interstate and/ or overseas trusting that their loved ones will be left to R.I.P. in their South Australian graves and with the memorials telling a little of their lives and especially the depth of love and feelings of loss.

For further information and/ or to discuss these matters with like minded folk you can always apply to join the “Saving Graves – South Australia” Facebook Group. Please click HERE for the details.  Cheerio for now…


BURIAL AND CREMATIONS ACT 2013. South Australia. Assented to 14Jun2013

Burial and Cremation Regulations Draft for Comment


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Tread softly…

Hopefully this will warm the “cockles of your heart”. A message has just appeared on the “AS THEY WERE” blog advising that a  memorial plaque was unveiled at Garraunakilla, Ennis, Ireland  by Mr. Frankie Neylon, Deputy Mayor of Ennis, on Friday the 4th October, to commemorate the burials and past residents associated with the area. In conjunction with the unveiling, a booklet on Garraunakilla prepared by Clare Roots Society was available for sale.

Garraunakilla translates as Garrán na Cille (church grove). Cill has the meaning of Church but also implies a burial ground. Garrán means a grove or a cluster of trees and could have referred to the visual aspect of the lane prior to the building of the houses which took place circa 1800-1810.The laying down of the laneway dates back to circa 1750; it was one of a series of lanes (Garraunakilla Lane, Corkalley Lane & Fahy’s Lane ) laid out at the time to connect Upper O’ Connell Street with the lower end of Mill Street.

Attribution —
Ennis – Garraunakilla Lane & Lower Drumbiggle Road to Joseph Mischyshyn

Unfortunately the Graveyard’s opening date cannot be identified but closure seems to date back to the Cholera epidemic of 1832. Then the danger of spreading this virulent contagion in the crowded urban centre made it impossible to bury victims in the town cemeteries of Garraunakilla & Corrovorrin. Thus Drumcliff became the principal graveyard for Ennis.

Cemeteries - GARRAUNAKILLA. Booklet

The approach employed with the booklet was a flexible one, which allowed optimum exploitation of the relatively small body of available source material.







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Friday Funny: The last put down…

Time for a bit of a chuckle, I reckon….

Have a W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L weekend…



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