As it is only a short drive from where we are taking in the views at Kings Park in Perth, I drag poor Brian to the historic Karrakatta cemetery to find the graves of his great grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth Flynn. They had originally left Melbourne for the Kalgoorlie gold rush arriving in 1907. We find Elizabeth’s grave but not Michael’s, only the section where it should be. I get chatting to a woman who is photographing headstones for her website. I love those people their work is priceless when you live in another state or another country. She tells me that Michael’s section of the cemetery has been ‘renewed’ and Elizabeth’s will go shortly.
Renewed? Yes, they bring in the tractors and push over the graves. They save a few interesting headstones that are dotted about artistically and the site is replanted with pretty new gardens and new burials. Even the dead suffer the high cost of real estate.