Interesting Pics

The old cemeteries of Newfoundland were full of interesting things to see. Here you will find just a few of them.

tree growing over fence  
This photo is from the old Anglican cemetery in St. John's which opened in 1842. This particular tree is probably not so old, but in another area of the cemetery you will find perhaps the oldest and largest fir trees anywhere on the island.
headstone blocked by bushes  
Given enough time, this is what happens when you plant something small in front of a stone. This is a bush of an unknown variety, but often the photographers encountered roses. Unfortunately the photographer was unable to photograph the face of this stone because of the walking distance to the car to retrieve the saw, and the lack of a place to throw the cuttings. This stone is labeled: UNKNOWN, Unknown (1xxx)
tree growing over headstone  
Perhaps the tree is holding up this stone! NF077:STJ83-6989 is a photo from the same cemetery as the one above. The text is readable on the full-sized image on CD: To the memory of Mary Duffin, relict of the late John Thomson, merchant, Catalina, who departed this life April 1st, 1858, aged 56 years. Also their son Andrew Duffin, died Sept 28th, 1846, aged 6 years.
large cemetery  
A photographer's nightmare! This photo spans over 1 kilometer of two adjacent large cemeteries in St. John's: STJ21-24 & STJ31-37. The nearly 20,000 pictures taken there are found on CD's NF050 - NF059.
overturned headstones
This is the "nuns' cemetery" in a section of the Belvedere Catholic cemetery (STJ51-57) in St. John's after vandals overturned every stone while we were photographing there. Many of the old historic stones have been broken and overturned in other sections as well.

The cemetery is particularly susceptible to vandalism due to its proximity to a school and its dense forest-like trees and bushes. Its size and location have turned it into a thoroughfare for people crossing the neighborhood. Ease of concealment attracts mischievous young people. A notorious crime was committed here several years ago in which a teenage boy was nearly beaten to death. The city police frequently drive into the cemetery, but cannot see much from their cars. During the weeks that we photographed there, we never encountered a police officer walking around. Unless this cemetery is completely deforested and well-lighted at night, St. John's oldest and finest historic Irish Catholic cemetery will soon be found only at!