Seeking Angels

It was a Sydney blogger, Lignum Draco, who introduced me to the angels of Waverley Cemetery. And as an avid (photographic) collector of unusual and interesting headstones it was a place added to the list of “things to do in Sydney”.


And after a superb brunch with another infamous Aussie blogger, the loquacious Margaret Rose, I set off to find me some angels.


I didn’t find the ones LD depicted, but that is probably just as well because my images are nothing like the quality of his, but I did find some that I liked.


It is the final  resting place for notable Australian poets Henry Lawson, Henry Kendall and Dorothea Mackellar who penned the immortal ode to Australia with the lines:

“I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!”


 And I’m loving angels…

angel 2

angel 3

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

61 thoughts on “Seeking Angels”

  1. I’ve never been a Dr Who fan, although son #2 told me about the Weeping Angels. That gave me a very good reason to never become a Dr Who fan.
    … but it did re-enforce this discomfort I’ve had of angel statutes ever since I was a young kid going to a Catholic school. Instead of benevolence I always felt disapproval.

    Beautiful photos though Jude! 🙂

    1. Well, thanks go to the Wood Dragon for directing me here, though I have been fond of photographing cemeteries for a long time. Glad you like my angels 🙂

  2. We all love your angels, Jude. Siri and Selma are now thinking about posing like the last one, so beautiful, on Cley beach, but they are so tiny and I keep them on a string by strong winds, they think I’d spoil all the fun. How are you coping with heat? Are you spending Christmas down under?
    Take good care!
    Lots of love and *hugs* !

    1. I think Siri and Selma would make extremely pretty angels! I have found some more fairy stories for them – a fairy post will be written once I am home. And no I am not here for Christmas (daft really because I could easily have stayed longer). Home in the cold, bleak midwinter I’m afraid…

      Hugs to you all too (well maybe not the Master, that might be a bit weird) xx

  3. Great shots. Glad you found what you were looking for, but too bad you didn’t have longer to spend there. Lots of hidden treasures.

    Maybe I should produce a Draco’s photographic guide to Sydney? 🙂

    1. No. It was on my ‘things to do’ the last time I went to Paris, but I din’t have time to go there. I am sure that is a fascinating cemetery, but so is Highgate in London I believe.

    1. Australia is most definitely a sunburnt country! Even the edges are a bit crispy now 😉 But actually you burn very quickly in NZ where it is lush and green, because the hole in the ozone layer is directly above!

  4. Cemetery art can be so astonishing, can’t it. Our American chums made a point of taking us around Buffalo cemetery when we went to visit them. At first we were puzzled by the prospect of this outing, but actually it was one of our most memorable visits – and particularly the grandiose tombs of city worthies of the 19th century.

    1. I have always like taking the camera into a cemetery, the older ones especially. Modern headstones aren’t anywhere near as interesting.

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