Wed, 11 May|
Warren Fahey - Dead & Buried Book Talk
Cemeteries hold fascinating stories, and Sydney’s three main early cemeteries - The Old Burial Ground on George Street, Devonshire Street Sandhills Cemetery and the grand Rookwood Necropolis - all played roles in the story of Sydney from the arrival of the First Fleet and down through the ages.
Time & Location
11 May 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lindesay, 1 Carthona Ave, Darling Point NSW 2027, Australia
About the event
These are tales of notable and ordinary people, the high and the low, and the good, bad and ugly. You will also discover stories of architecture, landscaping, sculpture, religious observation, the mortuary railway, and the ever-changing attitude to burial and remembrance.
‘Dead & Buried’ explains how the three early cemeteries evolved and, considering Rookwood is the most significant Victorian necropolis in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest in the world, how it has serviced Sydney for over 155 years. These are by no means morbid stories. As a slice of Sydney’s past, they lean to the earlier side of history with tales of notables, sensational murders, tragedies and disasters, diversity, and, at the same time, celebrate poets and politicians, artists and dreamers, gallant heroes and, because it is a Sydney history, a goodly number of eccentrics, ratbags and rabble-rousers. ‘Dead & Buried’ is much like a cemetery - widely representative, mysterious and a generous slice of history.