What does a taphophile do on a birthday trip to Hanmer Springs? Yes, that’s right, she finds the local cemetery and spends a few hours recording it!
How could I resist? A lovely Autumn day, time on my hands and an understanding husband armed with Sudoku on his phone meant I was able record 75% of Hanmer Springs Cemetery last weekend. Unfortunately my batteries didn’t quite have the staying power that I did so I will need to return to finish the task, which is no hardship with the hot pools to relax in afterwards.
If there’s one thing I love it’s uncovering a mysterious gravestone. In the case of Hanmer it’s the mysterious “W A Wattse” – the earliest burial I found in the cemetery. Except, there are no records for a “W A Wattse” to be found. That’s because, I discovered, his name is actually “John W A Watts” and I’ll tell you more about him, and his unfortunate demise, in a Headstone Histories article in due course.
In the meantime keep checking back as Hanmer Springs listings are added over the coming week.