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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 17 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 18, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au day with the dead Life stories add extra interest to walks Stories by FIONA BRADY Louise Brown from the Friends of Rookwood invites people on a tour. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH ~PP191973 THERE'S nothing crook about Rookwood, according to cemetery employee Louise Brown. ''People often ask me how I can work in a graveyard. But it's a really peaceful, tranquil place and has such fascinating history,'' said Mrs Brown, who works for the Joint Committee of Necropolis Trustees, one of the managers of the 283 ha cemetery. It's hard to disagree. The multicultural necropolis -- the largest in the southern hemi- sphere -- is the final resting place of more than a million people, from 55 religious and national groups. It is so big it is considered a suburb of Sydney in its own right. Much of the cemetery is laid out like a park. In fact, in Victorian times people had picnics there. The oldest grave is the grave of Captain Gavin Hamilton who died in June 1798. It was relocated from the George St Cemetery, on which Sydney Town Hall now stands. Rookwood is also the burial ground of some of Sydney's lead- ing citizens such as the famous retailers David Jones, Anthony Hordern II and Bing Lee, Sydney Morning Herald founder John Fairfax, former Labor premier Jack Lang and Henry Lawson's mother Louisa Lawson. Visitors can find out about these and other interesting locals on one of the regular walking tours run by Friends of Rookwood, of which Mrs Brown is a member. ''Pretty much all the walks are really popular,'' she said. ''People like the railway walk, and of course the murder and mayhem tour with its stories of hangings, murders, rapes and robberies.'' What may also send a chill down the spine is the cost of a plot: anything from $2000 to $25,000 for a regular grave, while a family vault in the mausoleums can cost as much as $300,000. Visit www.innerwestweekly.com.au to view more pictures The grave of merchant Robert Hancock, who died in 1876. Final thoughts: epitaphs to die for ''I'll be back.'' -- Before Arnie there was Archibald Stuart Peterson, car- toonist for The Sun newspaper from 1938 to 1952. ''In luving memori ov Jacob Pit- man'' -- Jacob Pitman, brother of Sir Issac Pitman who invented Pitman's shorthand. His epitaph is not an SMS but in phonetic shorthand. ''Harriet Tooth, wife of A Tooth.'' ''Even Joe Blow is buried at Rookwood'' -- Joseph Blow, died November 14, 1873. ''Strewth'' -- Thomas Newton died February 2, 1976. Save up to $830 on hot water. * # Conditions apply. See in-store for details and information on rebates. While stocks last. Prices do not include installation. *Ask us how you can SAVE UP TO $830 when you switch from an electric to a 5-star natural gas hot water system.# energy shop. AGL Energy Shop Auburn Harvey Norman Centre Level 1, 250 Parramatta Rd, Auburn. Or call 132 245. SUITS 3 -- 6 PEOPLE Stellar Hot Water $1199 Go with the continuous flow $849 RHEEM STELLAR 360 • 360 litre first hour capacity • Reheats 200 litres per hour • 5 star energy efficiency rating • 10 year storage cylinder warranty BOSCH 21E • Ideal for 2 bathrooms • 5.5 star energy efficiency rating • 10 year heat exchanger warranty • 3 year warranty on other parts and labour Infinite Hot Water RINNAI INFINITY 26 • Ideal for 2-3 bathrooms • Hot water that never runs out • 5.2 star energy efficiency rating • 10 year heat exchanger warranty • 3 year warranty on parts and labour u canSAVEUPTO$8 IR • • • • • MAGL0663_IWW ASK IN-STORE FOR OUR LOWEST PRICE
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