Do you have a favourite cemetery? The question isn’t as bizarre as it sounds. Cemeteries can be the most fascinating place to wander. The memorialising of people’s lives lends history a reality that history books (much as I love them) can’t capture. It doesn’t hurt that old cemeteries are often sited in great inner city locations, giving you beautiful gardens and fresh air.
That said, I don’t like wandering through the more recent areas of a cemetery. That feels like intruding. I like areas well over eighty years old — and the gardens. Old cemeteries naturally include old trees, making for shaded areas with birds and benches (if the cemetery caretaker is thoughtful).
Fremantle Cemetery is my favourite. In summer, when the sea breeze (the “Freo Doctor”) blows in and hits the slope of the cemetery, it is just lovely. There are huge, beautiful gum trees, lots of birds and history is literally close enough to touch.
There is even a heritage walk.