Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Crawling with History; Family Researchers to Spend Weekend in Cemetery

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Crawling with History; Family Researchers to Spend Weekend in Cemetery

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Byline: Jannette Parke

THE dead really can tell tales, as any history buff will tell you.

And this weekend Gympie Family History Society secretary John Nathan will lead you through some of those etched-in-stone stories on another Cemetery Crawl through the old pioneer headstone section at Gympie Cemetery on Corella Road.

Beyond the inscriptions engraved on the grave markers - rescued from Gympie's first official cemetery at Tozer Park - are fascinating stories, histories, unique glimpses of the past, tragedies, and mysteries.

The choice of headstones alone speaks volumes. Some are basic chunks of sandstone with a name and date; some are ornate marble monoliths inscribed with flowery verses and designs.

All are memorials of the people buried in the Tozer Street Cemetery many decades ago, the headstones removed to the present cemetery in 1967 to make way for parkland and residential development.

Dates of birth and death give you the age - many shockingly tender of years when they passed on, hinting at the higher mortality rate and brisk burial business of the late 19th century. …

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