St Stephen’s and the Camperdown Cemetery are landmarks in Newtown, favoured by goths, artists, picnic-ers, dog-walkers and wannabe photographers. It’s been one of those places I’ve been meaning to check out, and we finally did tonight.
The Cemetery closed in 1867 after 16,000+ were buried there. The Church was opened in 1874.
In the late 1940s, the cemetery was reduced to about a quarter of its original size to make way for a public park (story has it that it was because of a gruesome murder of a young’un). A sandstone wall was built around the reduced Cemetery; the bodies are still below the public park. The headstones were moved and nailed to the inside of the wall.
As morbid as it is to walk around a Cemetery like it’s a tourist attraction, with the sun setting and the long shadows, it really was a nice way to spend the time between work and dinner.