The dark history that many of you may be looking for in this cemetery tour, that of infamous and notable occupants is certainly present here at Fawkner cemetery – and as we proceed through our sites today you will come into contact with a few inspirational figures and nefarious gangsters, you’ll even be become engrossed in tragedy. But this is not the story of Fawkner that I would like you to focus on. Not only is Fawkner Memorial Park a useful site for understanding the social history of Melbourne, and its diverse cultural heritage, but it’s tangible aspects represent the intermingling of intangible heritage practices. The story of Fawkner Memorial Park is one of expansion, one of necessity and one of social inclusion, it’s one of living history- if you’ll pardon the pun. Not least, it is one of intangible rituals and the story of an expanding, bustling city. Within Fawkner, as with many cemeteries, is a heritage of social growth, where changes in attitudes and populations are reflected in how we memorialise our dearly departed.
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