Being a genealogist is one of the most exciting hobbies there is, where else would you get the chance to walk around old forgotten cemeteries and then come home and actually blog about what you found. This week we visited Lisarow Cemetery and we were astounded at the amount of broken and damaged headstones that we found.
Undisturbed for years, the land recently became the subject of contention amongst genealogists when the Local Council approved plans to widen the road. The Council has put out a Statement of Heritage Impact if anyone is interested in what is happening. This is an issue that I will be keeping a close eye on and reporting on over the coming months.
Having visited many cemeteries I was surprised by the steep gradient of the land where these graves are situated. Many of the burial plots looked very majestic in this small rural setting due to the fact that they had to be build up so they were level.
Making our way around, we were hindered by overgrown plants and huge eucalyptus tree roots jutting out of the ground. Many of the headstones were hidden in dark shadowed bushes, barely visible, so we took great care getting to these.
The graves out in the open were just as difficult to see, they had their forests growing within the fences. Reading those inscriptions just wasn't going to happen. I pity the genealogist who actually needs to read these headstones.