Monday, January 19, 2009

St Kilda Cemetery, East St Kilda

Albert Jacka's Grave, St Kilda Cemetery

On Sunday I attended the Albert Jacka Memorial Service at St Kilda Cemetery.

Captain Albert Jacka VC MC and bar served in the 14 Battalion, AIF during WWI. He was the first Australian to be awarded a Victoria Cross and probably should have received one or two more for later acts of bravery during the war.

In 1929 he was elected to St Kilda council and served as the Mayor in 1930. While on Council, Jacka, worked to assist the unemployed of the area but did not seek re-election when his term ended in 1931.

In December of that year he was admitted to the Caulfield Military Hospital and died on January 17, 1932 aged 39.

He was a true hero and Jacka Boulevard on St Kilda's beachfront is named in his honour.

While visiting the cemetery I took to opportunity to hunt out some art deco grave sites and it was interesting to see the different styles and materials used.

There are many simple concrete graves with curved ends decorated with simple parallel lines etched into the raw surface.

St Kilda Cemetery
In
loving memory of
Alexander Cameron
died 19th January 1949
also his loved wife
Elizabeth
died 12th December 1950

At Rest


St Kilda Cemetery
In loving memory
of
my father
Richard E G Bayford
14.8.39
and mother
Eileen L
22.9.45

Parents of Deirdre


Others have stepped supports for the headstone.

St Kilda Cemetery

A tribute of love
to
the memory of my beloved husband & our loving father
Charles Joseph Totterdell
who died 21st April 1938
aged 68 years

St Kilda Cemetery

A tribute of love
to
the memory of my beloved husband & our loving father
Christian (Stein)
fell asleep 18th May 1937
aged 46 years

St Kilda Cemetery

In loving memory
of
Robert Frederick
Findlay

died 13th Deecember 1939

This one used decorative bricks.

St Kilda Cemetery

In loving memory
of
Mary Josephine
beloved wife of Christopher Ryan
loved mother of Arthur & Tom
died 11th July 1955, aged 79
and
Christopher Arthur
beloved husband of Mary Ryan
loved father of Arthur & Tom
died 23rd July 1958, aged 87

Requiescat In Pace

These graves used glazed brown tiles.

St Kilda Cemetery

Our Beloved Mother
in memory

St Kilda Cemetery

In loving memory of
Mary Ellen Keeshan
loved wife of Ernest Wm
loving mother of Pat, Nat & Peg
died 3rd October 1947

R.I.P

And these lemon coloured tiles for an only daughter

St Kilda Cemetery

A tribute of love
to
our dearly loved only daughter
Beryl Jean Nicholls
born 6th September 1915
died 1st July 1940

Peace Perfect Peace

2 comments:

  1. great shots Dave - there are some beauties down in the Jewish section near the back gate regards Robin

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  2. Thanks Robin, I'll have to go back and check out the Jewish section.

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