In 1914 the Tasmanian Government didn’t hand out the death penalty lightly. Joseph Belbin was just one of three people executed by court order in Tasmania in the 20th Century. But why did this young, hard-working, 19 year old man, who read Charles Dickens in his spare time, commit one
Buried at the public cemetery in Chudleigh, without even a rock to mark the spot, are the graves of convict Isaac Riches and his wife Hannah. Somewhere in the same cemetery, but far away from the Riches grave, is the unmarked grave of John ‘Jackey’ Lambert, the man who murdered
Here are some photos from Carr Villa cemetery in Launceston.
If you have been to beautiful Princes’ Park in Launceston, you undoubtedly have noticed the statue of William Russ Pugh, ascending the steps as if he’s about to take a leisurely afternoon stroll. William Russ Pugh was one of the most important characters in Launceston, particularly in terms of medical
If you have never heard of Bengeo, you are not alone. It refers to the area between Red Hills and Elizabeth Town, better known as Lemana Junction. The name Bengeo comes from an Estate in the area. I became aware of a cemetery there when researching cemeteries in the Deloraine
The grave of George Johnson sits lonely under a row of pine trees in section B4 at Carr Villa Memorial Park. Not a skerrick of grass grows around it. Infact George’s grave is quite uninteresting… until you have a closer look. It’s a long story, but well worth the read.
I’ve spent alot of time at Carr Villa. I love wandering around the graves and have learned so much about Launceston’s history from reading the headstones and researching their stories. A walk from the main entrance on Nunamina Avenue, all the way to the new lawn section at the other