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From: "TIM I PURDY" <>
Subject: Re: cemetary vandalism
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 15:53:31 -0700
Well this is not quite on the topic of cemetery vandalism, but . . .
When I was in St. Austell two years ago, after I got off the train and bus
station and walked into town (its just a short distance) There is a small
park that was a cemetery. All the tombstones were removed from their
original location and placed along the peremiters.
Can anyone explain?
Susanville, CA the temp is now 100, but I am not complaining, winter in
this part of the country starts early.
> From: James Frediani <>
> Subject: Re: cemetary vandalism
> Date: Thursday, July 16, 1998 12:17 AM
> There has been lots of vandalism here in the USA, too. Usually done by
> bored (drunk) adolescents. One 'solution' that I've seen work in those
> I've visited, has been to turn the cemetary into a park. Make it a place
> where people can go and picnic, stroll with their children, etc.
> I know that two years running, I took two of my kids, who were 12 and 5
> and 6) at the time, and we visited a lot of cemetaries all over Oregon
> Washington states. We had a wonderful time, enjoyed the scenery, the
> got to get out of the car and run around without fear of disturbing
> and got a good, strong, personal sense of our history - even when we
> find our own people. Some of the artwork on the monuments is
> so there was a dash of art appreciation as well.
> I guess it comes down to making cemetaries a place where the living are
> welcome as the dead. there's always less vandaism when people are
> out for their own 'place'.
> Sandy in Calistoga California
> -----Original Message-----
> It is sad that some cemeteries are not looked after with the
> >respect that they deserve. I remember being at Ludgvan a few years ago
> >part of the old cemetery is maintained by the Council - a worker in the
> >cemetery which is maintained by the Church said that it was the
> >responsibility to clear the brambles etc.
> >I suppose in some of the older parishes, they may not have the
> >or church members which they used to have.
> >Here in Carnarvon in Western Australia, we have a Pioneer Cemetery which
> >has become the target for vandals. The deliberate desecration is
> >- apart from mounting a machine gun on each corner of the cemetery -
> >is just no way to stop these small minded people from wrecking the
> >The Shire has spent some money on a fence around the cemetery but that
> >had holes in it so that people did not have to walk around the
> >Has anyone out there any ideas on how to stop vandalism in Pioneer
> >PAT MAHONEY
> >(A drying out) CARNARVON WESTERN AUSTRALIA