30 September 2021
|This tree fell after a big storm in early 2013 and smashed several South Brisbane headstones, most of which will never be repaired. (FOSBC)|
|A sapling left to grow between two graves will eventually push aside the stonework - South Brisbane Cemetery. (FOSBC)|
|One of the two skips we filled up with tree debris at South Brisbane last week (FOSBC).|
21 September 2021
|Tracey and I receiving the Griffith Australia Day Awards. (Hannah Photography)|
|Me with Gavin Bannerman, Director of Queensland Memory. (State Library of Queensland)|
|Tracey Olivieri and Gavin. (State Library of Queensland)|
|The award winners with Library Board members. (State Library of Queensland)|
|In the awards audience. (State Library of Queensland)|
|Acceptance speech. (State Library of Queensland)|
- Doing a lot of behind-the scenes work to keep people in the group connected and having plenty of opportunities to participate in diverse activities.
- Quietly identifying individual talents and encouraging them and giving them space to show what they can do.
- Stepping back to share credit and let others take the limelight.
- Nurturing the next generation of leaders - our successors.
- Encouraging a friendly, informal workplace atmosphere that volunteers enjoy working in.
"It is a way of living. It is humanity. I believe the only way to live and to be truly successful is by collective effort, with everyone working for each other, everyone helping each other, and everyone having a share of the rewards at the end of the day. That might be asking a lot, but it's the way I see football and the way I see life."
And that is the way I see the South Brisbane Cemetery community, and the way I see life. But it still feels reassuring to have that work acknowledged and to be able to say it is 'award-winning'.
|FOSBC get-together, 2020.|
07 September 2021
During a rare visit to my old hometown of Heywood, Lancashire, a few years back I was lucky enough to arrive, quite by chance, during Heritage Week, when a number of local institutions opened their doors to the public with onsite tours and displays. One of these places was the Church of St John the Baptist, just over the border in Castle Hill Road, Bircle, Bury, and so I paid it a visit one drizzly September morning.
|Church of St John's, Bircle, 2010. (David Dixon, geograph.com)|
|On the road to St John's. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|St John's churchyard boundary. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|A mix of the modern and the old in the northern side of the church. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|A view from the east, with the gothic headstone style being prominent here. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|Thick moss on the granite headstones. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|September greenery on the beautifully-inscribed stones. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|'In remembrance of Hannah, the daughter of William and Sarah Hall, of Wolstenholme Hall, who departed this life on Dec. 31st 1855, aged 13 months and 11 days.' (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|The weeping willow tree is a symbol found on quite a few English headstones. Here it shelters a mourning woman. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|A Celtic Cross in a Church of England churchyard. This is decorated with what seems to be acanthus. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|History displays inside St John's. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|The old Church Inn is right next to the churchyard and proved to be a perfect spot for a pint and a spot of lunch. (C. Dawson, 2018)|
|The door of the Church Inn, which is a few inches shorter than my six-foot height. The inscription over the door refers to Robert and Elizabeth Diggle, who opened the pub as 'Tap Laish' back in 1730. (C. Dawson, 2018)|