Gravestones at the East Ballina Cemetery. Each monument has a story to unlock. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Gravestones at the East Ballina Cemetery. Each monument has a story to unlock. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Digging up our past with new Saturday column

HAVE you ever wandered around a cemetery and wondered about the lives of the people who lie beneath you?

Each monument in our Northern Rivers graveyards represents the stories, the history and the contributions made by the people whose earthly remains are buried below.

While families are nearby, the sites are often well looked after with fresh flowers appearing on annual occasions and weeds kept at bay.

When loved ones move away, die out or over the passage of time have no memory of those who lie in their final resting place, stories get forgotten and history gets ‘buried’.

Our new column ‘Tales from the Grave’ is about to change all that.

Appearing monthly in our Weekend Star edition, journalist Samantha Elley will be traipsing through the cemeteries of the Northern Rivers to unlock the history of our ancestors.

Sam hopes to discover stories long forgotten, people with colourful lives, poignant memories and even a chuckle or two.

Starting this Saturday, December 12 her first discovery is in Kyogle cemetery where a little girl who lives a short life still makes a lasting impression.

And don’t think you can’t be a part of this story either.

If you know of a grave or memorial of a person you are curious about, you can send in a photo and any information to Sam at samantha.elley@northernstar.com.au



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