Friday, September 30, 2016

Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery II

Some of the graves in the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery are marked very modestly. Others are grander.

Innocent and humble, bowing his head, this statue personifies sorrow and loss.

Some are simple but elegant. The stone for an infant evokes the many tears streaming down the faces of the parents that must have been shed over the loss.

A common item in all the cemeteries we've visited are the immortelles. These were originally ceramic flowers integrated into the marker. They have evolved to be separate, glass covered containers of possibly ceramic, china, plaster of paris or, more probably nowadays, plastic flowers. It is a way to make a permanent recognition of the grief.

This grave below seems to have many immortelles showing a strong and well-financed support of the family.

Nearly all graves have an edge or fence of some sort to indicate the limit of the plot. A chain similar to the one below was quite common in Victorian England. During WWII, most were scavenged for the metal. Here, that did not happen and some remain.

I can only suppose that Alice Drewery was afraid of the dark.

A cemetery is not only a city of the dead, it is home of angels.

Rather that extend this post endlessly, I'll finish up this round of images tomorrow. Stay tuned.