30th East Perth Cemeteries Event

Afternoon tea at the East Perth Cemeteries

On 15th March 2009, we held our second 30th Anniversary function, an Afternoon tea at the East Perth Cemeteries. This turned out to be a very popular event resulting in all the tickets being sold and we had a waiting list! 

Even though it was very hot (39.8°) it was a very enjoyable day and we all learnt a little more about the cemeteries and some early WA history.

The day started with WAGS President, Liana Fitzpatrick, welcoming everyone in St Bartholomew's Chapel and thanking them for helping to celebrate our special milestone.

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Liana mentioned that she had first visited the Cemeteries about 40 years ago with her mother and at the time she couldn't understand why her Mum wanted to go to a cemetery!

Needless to say she now understands the significance and is very pleased that her great great grandfather, Isaac Smith, is buried there.

(Isaac Smith - headstone, East Perth Cemetery - courtesy of Liana Fitzpatrick)

 

 

 

Our thanks go to all the National Trust volunteers who gave up their Sunday afternoon to give very informative guided tours of the cemeteries. Special thanks to Mr Robert Mitchell who liaised with WAGS for this event and was very busy on the day serving cold drinks!

After the tours a very substantial afternoon tea was enjoyed by all. Our thanks go to Margaret Hickey, Myra Tomkinson, Lyn Watt and Margaret Pike for preparing and serving the food.

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There was a great deal of interest in the lonely graves display. We were very fortunate to have Yvonne and Kevin Coate available to talk about this research.

Yvonne is a foundation member of WAGS and has done a huge amount of research into Lonely Graves. She is author of Lonely Graves and More Lonely Graves - these books can be found in the WAGS Library.

 (Yvonne Coate with her Lonely Graves Display, at East Perth Cemeteries)

 

 

WAGS and the National Trust have a reciprocal arrangement whereby National Trust members can visit WAGS Library free of charge, and likewise WAGS members can visit WA National Trust properties for free on presentation of WAGS membership card.

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 The East Perth Cemeteries is full of history - well worth a visit.

 

 

 (East Perth Cemeteries main gate, with St Bartholomew's Chapel in the background)

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 13:20