Sun setting on June 2015

Many a sunrise and sunset in the locality of Mudgee were appreciated on the drive to and from work this June. The month ended with a trip to the Mudgee monumental cemetery. All this gadding about was sustained by the delicious food to be had at Alby and Esther’s, Isabella’s (the Genovese and ravioli are lipsmackingly good) and Elton’s. Many thanks Mudgee for the great trip.



Gore Hill Cemetery 

Cemeteries, can’t live with them, can’t live without ’em.

October 2014: Breakfast Pie in Gunning

There’s not much to the main drag of Gunning but it is cute.  Historic streetscape,  delicious pie (from a Goulburn pie maker) and a cemetery all before 10 am? Pure luxury.

June 2014 – Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria, downstream of the Murray-Darling river junction in New South Wales, fed by Frenchman’s Creek, an anabranch of the Murray River, flows into the Rufus River. The Lake became regulated in 1928 and is now operated by the South Australia Water Corporation on behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission. The lake retained water over the last 10,000 years at a time when many of the inland lakes were drying up in this arid region.It provided an off river storage and is used to store surplus water which can then be used to regulate the flow of water into South Australia and to manage salinity. The Lake is significant as it, its lunette and the surrounding creeks and rivers, hold an important cultural and archaeological record of the last 16,000 years of human occupation, from shell middens dating to 17,000 BP to the history of the Rufus River massacre of 1841 to the Barkindji people’s continuing connection to the lake. The archaeological record includes an enormous number of Aboriginal burials, shell middens, campsites and stone artefacts. Many sites have been inundated by the water storage and work is ongoing by the Murray Darling Basin Commission and the Aboriginal community to preserve and repatriate burials when they become exposed. TheDepartment of Environment provides a leaping off point to explore more about indigenous involvement in the management of Lake Victoria.


Darling River and Pooncarie Cemetary

And here’s the same section of the river in April 2012



Eden Cemetary





Cemeteries of Balranald

I like to visit cemeteries. They are usually peaceful, contemplative and offer insight into the people of a town over time. Individuals, families, different cultures have different ways of dealing with grief and respecting their loved ones. Cemeteries offer a glimpse of that.   Sometimes an elaborate grave, sometimes a chair by a headstone, a statue or objects by the grave. I met an individual who made markers and tributes for relatives and individuals of his community whose graves were unmarked. It was humbling to see his work.