Forth’s Historical Graveyards: Capturing the essence

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Forth Graveyard – Forth Congregational, Tasmania

Tasmania’s rugged north-west region is picturesque and offers a quiet country life. Forth is a country village located between Ulverstone and Devonport and it’s one of the most scenic villages in Tasmania. Yes, I am biased – I grew up in Forth. The wide-open country spaces, lush paddocks, rolling hills, old historical buildings and a close-knit community, what’s not to love?

Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about Forth and the iconic spots that instantly come to mind – the places Forth is well-known for and the tourist attractions. Tucked away, I highly doubt that many people know there’s over three historical graveyards around the valley.

In this blog post, I aim to showcase the timeless essence of three graveyards located in Forth. Each site has its own name: Forth Congregational, All Saints Church of England Cemetery and the Forth Catholic Cemetery. Overshadowed by the town’s other attractions, I’ve tried my best to visually capture each site and put them all back on Forth’s map.

Forth Congregational

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All Saints Church of England Cemetery

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Forth Catholic Cemetery 

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Each site in Forth has its own unique presence and they are worth visiting if you ever get the chance. After visiting each site, I realised something…we don’t have time machines (yet!), but we can travel back through time by visiting historical landmarks that do not have an expiry date. – But, we do. People who are buried, were once living, breathing humans. As I walked around the sites, I often wondered what their lives were like,  who their families were, what they looked like, and where they lived. Even though the sites themselves are historical landmarks, we’re visiting people.

Graveyards and Cemeteries remind us all of our own mortality, but we should remember to appreciate the life we have been given.

 

2 comments

  1. Thank you Tara for a most interesting article and pictorial. I’m disappointed however that the Methodist (or Wesleyan) cemetery did not rate a mention. It is not far from the Congregational Cemetery and is also maintained by the Forth Valley Lions Club. My Grand Parents and Great Grand Parents are buried there.
    John Vertigan

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