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Famous Australian’s and their final resting place, part II

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This is our second blog looking at famous Australian and where they are buried. After the public mourning and responses to famous dying rarely do we think about what happened next, where are they buried, or were they cremated - do we even know? For some people their interest in cemeteries can see them visit many cemeteries, some famous and some not...
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Interesting Christmas Traditions

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We all have our special Christmas traditions to celebrate the holiday and spending time with our family and friends - but some countries seem to have very interesting traditions - terrifying even! FINLAND - VISIT A CEMETERY In Finland, the family is very likely to take a trip to a cemetery. The purpose is to light candles in remembrance of dec...
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5 of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring cemeteries in the world

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These magnificent graveyards, while associated with grief and sadness, impart a feeling of great hope. Cemeteries are often associated with grieving and sadness. But a visual tour of the world's most beautiful cemeteries shows that they can actually be awe-inspiring. From the tree-lined alleys of Paris Père Lachaise to the moss-covered graveyards o...
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12 hauntingly beautiful cemeteries from around the world

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Cemeteries aren't usually top of the list when searching for things to see and do on your travels. While there can be something macabre about wandering through a graveyard, the world is home to some beautiful cemeteries where you'll find incredible architecture and picturesque landscapes. We take a look at 12 hauntingly beautiful cemeteries that ma...
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Cimetière Saint-Pierre France's third-largest necropolis offers a peaceful respite from a busy port city.

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France's third-largest cemetery offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of Marseille. While strolling around the sprawling graveyard, it feels as though time has stopped and the noise and movement of the city have disappeared. Though the Cimetière Saint-Pierre (Saint Peter's Cemetery) is one of France's largest cemeteries, it certainly...
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Cemetery symbolism: what does an animal on a headstone signify?

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In visiting a cemetery, you will see how different the headstones are in style and symbolism. Many headstones will have religious symbols like the angels, the cross and even roses. Previously we have looked at the symbolism for flowers and plants, and fruit and vegetables. In this blog we are looking at animals, real and mythical and...
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Victorian Cemetery Grants are closing soon

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Is your cemetery struggling with declining revenue? If you are located in Victoria? You may be eligible for the Department of Health Cemetery Grant. Applications are offered twice a year with the next round of applications due 31 st October 2018. What you need to do: Review the grant information h ere . You will see the Department of Health identif...
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Headstone symbolism: what do plants, fruit and vegetables mean on headstones?

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When visiting a cemetery, you will see the variety of gravestones with different styles and looks. Some emblems on the gravestones may be obvious like the cross, a dove or roses. But what does it mean when you see plants, fruit and vegetables on a gravestone? It turns out most symbols can have many meanings – and their representation can vary signi...
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Corrigan Dog Cemetery grows as tourists from around country visit graves

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A monument of a dog's head by a highway in Western Australia's Wheatbelt marks the graves of more than 200 dogs and is drawing increasing numbers of tourists. The proud, erect dog's head has kept watch over its stretch of highway for decades. The pricked-up ears and stony snout of the statue mark the entry to one of Australia's most unique memorial...
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Interesting Cemetery FAQs

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What do you call the caretaker of a cemetery? ​      A sexton is the office of the person or persons who are in charge of a cemetery. They are often referred to as the caretaker of a cemetery. Churches also have a sexton for the maintenance of the church building and/or the surrounding graveyard. In larger buildings, such as cathedra...
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Interesting Australian Cemeteries

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Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney Rookwood Cemetery NSW Would you believe that there's a suburb of Sydney with nearly a million inhabitants? The only thing is, none of them are still alive, and the suburb is Rookwood, otherwise known as Rookwood Cemetery. Established in 1868, the cemetery holds two significant records, being both the largest Victorian-era ...
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You will never regret visiting these cemeteries

Cemeteries to Visit Walking among the tombs in Buenos Aires'Recoleta Cemetery, known as one of the most interesting cemeteries in the world. (Religious Images / UIG / Getty Images)
When my brother-in-law died unexpectedly some years ago, I was assigned the task of choosing a gravesite in California, to which he would be brought home for burial. As I walked the grounds of Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, I was fairly certain I had seen a headstone with a picture of Wilma Flintstone. Was it? I asked, fearing a stress-induced ...
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Most Beautiful Cemeteries in the World

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  In the modern world, we tend to think of death and beauty as incompatible. But a look at some of the most exquisite cemeteries around the globe should quickly convince any traveler otherwise. These 12 sites are no plain plots, but scenic sanctuaries—some guarded by grand trees or looking out over expanses of ocean. Sprawling Père Lachaise in...
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Worlds Weirdest Cemeteries

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By default, cemeteries are unnerving places that tend to attract few tourists. However, for every plain Jane who prefers to go out with a slab of granite, an eccentric leaves her mark as part of a manmade barrier reef. For those types—and for tourists who want a slice of the zany macabre while traveling—they should consider any of the following cem...
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What Melbourne can learn from Scandinavian cemeteries

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The point of this trip: To find out why… a) Scandinavian nations keep winning happiness polls, and; b) They are threatening to take Melbourne's 'most liveable city' title away from us. And we've discovered one clear discrepancy: Cemeteries. Green, open and peaceful, Ross and John have visited two cemeteries, both of which host picnics and various o...
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Underwater cemetery and dive site idea floated for Queensland's Gold Coast

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People could spend their afterlife as part of an underwater cemetery memorial dive site on Queensland's Gold Coast, with the council floating the idea of building a submerged resting place for burial urns in the city's Broadwater. The idea is based on the Neptune Memorial Reef in Florida in the United States and it is hoped the ocean-bed cemetery w...
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The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines

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​ Members of the Igorot tribe of Mountain Province in northern Philippines have long practised the tradition of burying their dead in hanging coffins, nailed to the sides of cliff faces high above the ground. Comfortably predating the arrival of the Spanish, the procedure can probably be traced back more than two millennia. To this day, the age-old...
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Famous Australian’s and their final resting place

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History celebrates the lives of famous Australians, and sometimes even their deaths if they are interesting or unique enough – but when are we taught about how and where our famous Australians were laid to rest? Our cultural heroes are celebrated and revered during their lives and funerals, but few of us really dwell on what happened next, where we...
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