South Hedland Cemetery

When I walked around Perth 2 weeks ago, I saw an very old, but sadly closed, cemetery near the center of the city. The contrast between “green” european cemeteries and desert like cemeteries in australia fascinated me. During my work, I drove past the south hedland cemetery many times during the day, because it is right at the highway. From the far, it just seems deserted and torn down, but when I visited it today, I saw that it is still beeing used as an active cemetery, as some of the graves where only 1/2 years old. Nevertheless, the huge contrast between the park like cemeteries in europe, where people go in just for a walk, and the lonely little & desert like cemetery in an australian working town hit me quite hard.

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Posted on November 19, 2011, in landscape and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great stuff. Enjoyed it.


  2. Very Sad to see it so run down.. I came across this searching for the final resting place of my Uncle Mr John Myatt Plot 95 South Hedland Cemetery, if any one can please send a photo of this plot i would be very greatful, Thanks and here is hoping Dennis Rimes

    • Hi Dennis
      unfortunately I am not in Port Headland anymore, but I can ask a friend so he might do it, if your uncle rests there.
      cheers, michael

      • Hi Michael,
        Thank you for getting in touch, that would be great if your friend could get a photo we are all holding on to the chance of seeing his resting place after all these years, Thanking you again Dennis.

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