Grave Matters - Superstitions & Funeral Customs of 1880's Australia

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What traditions did our early pioneers bring with them regarding burying the dead? Why did women suffer the vapours? What are the meanings behind headstones? Superstitions and customs; which have survived? This informative two hours will take a historic look as to how important traditions bought to the new land of Australia influenced our final rest place in the local Cemetery. We will be looking directly at the different types of headstones and their meanings onsite at West Wallsend Cemetery. Please note – this is not a ghost tour but a history tour – if you are interested in early Australian history especially regarding cemeteries and burials this is for you!

Please note:

  • Participants meet at the front entrance of the Cemetery at 3pm.
  • Bring a folding seat for comfort & water and a torch if you want to wander afterwards.
  • Should you be unsure about the weather conditions for this tour please contact Renata on 0411 357 519

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