Sunday, April 29, 2012

Taphophile Tragics # 19

In a quiet chapel in North Sydney, surrounded by commercial high-rise, a stone's throw from the harbour bridge, and within cooee of the busy 'High Street', lies the tomb of Mary MacKillop, Mother Mary of the Cross, the foundress of The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Born in 1842 in Melbourne, Mary died in 1909 in North Sydney. She was beatified in 1995, and was entered in the pantheon of Roman Catholic saints in 2010 at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

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Welcome to the 19th week of Taphophile Tragics.

Your contribution is most welcome. Please ensure that you include some details of the cemetery in which you took your photographs, and link directly to your post, rather than simply to your blog in general.

This week, Mr Linky opens at 10pm Sunday, Sydney time (GMT+10) instead of the usual Monday, because the Tuesday being the first of the month, it is the City Daily Photo Bloggers 'Theme Day', so my allegiances are compromised!!

When you can, please visit the other contributing bloggers to show your appreciation of their endeavours. Due to time zone variations and overcrowded schedules, some contributions are made later than Tuesday/Wednesday.

As per usual, we are working with the Linky with thumbnails, and displaying the oldest entry first, with no randomising.

16 comments:

Julie said...

My apologies for the alteration this week. Linky opens Sunday evening in Sydney and closes Friday evening. I am hoping to post my Taphophile Tragics post on the Monday and then my Theme Day post on the Tuesday.

Owen said...

Hi Julie, wanted to drop by here, it's been a little while, have just been terribly busy with all sorts of life issues that have kept me away from the blogging table... but Taphophile Tuesday is a fine endeavor, and I hope to come over to visit from time to time, and contribute when I can...

The churchyard in this post is very close to Waterloo Station and Lambeth Bridge/Lambeth Palace right in the center of London... but probably almost never noticed by tourists, I'd venture to guess, unless they have a nose for sniffing out hidden cemeteries...

Julie said...

Good to hear from you again, Owen. Your posts are always engrossing. This is the sort of meme where it is difficult to post each ane every week as the required images are not of the everyday. I value occasional contributors equally as much.

Dina said...

You caught an interesting way of touching the saint's tomb.
I found the little museum's story of MacKillop's life very touching.
I remember agreeing with what is on the side of her tomb, something like "We are all but travelers in this world."

I hope to make a proper post tomorrow about the Jerusalem War Cemetery's unusual headstones. Meanwhile I post a shadow question which is getting most interesting comments.

Gene said...

Once again too busy to participate in this marvelous meme, but wanted to say hello. And quite at random, ran into a board member of the local "Cemetery Workers and Greens Attendants" union (part of the SEIU, Service Employees International Union). His friend had worked at my local favorite, Mt. View Cemetery, for ~30 years.

Gemma Wiseman said...

A wonderful lady who brought so much joy and comfort to so many people and inspired so many more.

Sorry I did not post last week! It was a crazy time of "busyness" and time to spend on a post for TT totally eluded me!

Julie said...

You are a treasure, Gemma, and I totally appreciate your weekly endeavours. And your comments around each of the contributors. For that I am also most appreciative.

JM said...

The top shot is wonderful!

I often think of people who have dedicated their lives to others, through some great humanitarian work, and will never be famous nor have any kind of recognition just because they are not connected to religion.

NixBlog said...

She was a remarkable Australian, Julie. I think her sainthood acknowledges all the great work of her life, that even non-believers appreciate.

Sondra said...

Remarkable...I knew nothing of her till now, she attained much in her lifetime to achieve such a high honor. Love the photos Julie!!

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What a beautiful tomb

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Halcyon said...

A simple, yet beautiful, memorial to this woman. Very nice!

aktuellabilder said...

The only australian ever declared as a saint if I´m right? Beautiful tomb.

Seems like the linky is out of order at the present. Here is my entry.

CaT said...

busy busy this week. or too tired. or both. so just a quick post from me! latest, as usual.... :)
and i still have to check out all the others. tomorrow, i hope..

Julie said...

There you go. Thursday night and once again, I have done my 'rounds'. What a tremedous variety of contributions I have enountered in the last few hours.

And the thing that strikes me the most, is the variety of styles with which we bury our dead.

Such a pleasure to go for a little world tour. What did we have this week?

Sydney, London, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Hamilton, Melbourne, Washington, Sicily, Camden, Oakland, Melbourne, Berkshire, Hamilton, St Michel France, Sweden, Malden, Mass.

Quite a little collection ... thank you.

CaT said...

i like your first picture very much!