Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Is sacrilege like pregancy - you either are or you aren't?

This headstone dates from 1826, and wind, sun, and rain have had their way with it. What to do? What to do?

Bingo! Re-paint the big writing, 'cause that is funny! And then plug a plaque onto the back with all the small, unreadable writing. Tsk! Tsk! Surely, a discreet, adjacent notice-board would have been more respectful and informative.

At the order of Captain Brabyn, JP, Constable William Green came to the aid of Judith Connolly, who was being wooed - and jostled - by Issac Smith. Smith pistol-whipped the young constable, who died soon-after. Three weeks later, on a Friday, Smith was found guilty by Judge Francis Forbes of the NSW Supreme Court. He was hung, by Harry Stain the 'finisher of the law', on the Monday.

This memorial is located within the graveyard of St Matthew's Anglican Church, at Windsor, New South Wales.


VioletSky said...

I am of two minds here... I really like to be able to read the writing and am not sure how to render that possible but by painting. Re-chiselling could destroy the marker even further. And some were just made of good stone, so were prone to deterioration.
But, having said that, this does look a bit garish.

Nicola Carpenter said...

Sad story. Unforutnately the 'restoration' has given the stone a fake air about it. Surely they could have placed another plaque on the grave itself?

Beneath Thy Feet

Owen said...

Fascinating story and spelling, even if the "restoration" leaves a little to be desired. Is a "barberrous" murder one committed by a barber ?