Sunday, September 8, 2013

Poignant, curious tales : Maitland City Heritage

From the Maitland Mercury report:
To the left of the lych gate inside historic Morpeth Cemetery are the leaning headstones of five dead sailors.
Drowning was the fate of the men – aged 20 to 40 years – and their deaths occurred far from home and family.
Poignantly known as Sailors’ Row, the memorials are traditional upright slab headstones and most are carved with the anchor and rope motif, symbolising the occupation of the sailor and the anchor of hope derived from Saint Paul.
The story of the sailors will ­feature in the latest offering from the Maitland City Heritage Group.
Titled Curiosities of Maitland, the book will be a collection of the city’s more unusual and quirky tales of the past.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 3, 2013.