Decoding the stone - headstones and more...
- with Hilda Maclean
Decoding the Stone
Not all ancestors have a permanent memorial on their grave. If a family has the capacity to erect a headstone for a loved-one, much can be learnt about them from the style they select. The headstone reflects the aspirations and hopes of the family.
Other messages are conveyed by headstone symbols such as arches and gates, angels, a bird or a book and many others. Materials have varied over the centuries and include marble, granite and bronze. Epitaphs also tell stories and they were particularly used before cemetery standardisation.
As well as the obvious date of birth and death inscriptions can reflect the emotions of those left behind.
Hilda Maclean - Bio
Dr Hilda Maclean is a professional historian, genealogist and archival researcher who has been investigating cemeteries for over 40 years. In 2007, she received a Churchill Fellowship to study visitor education programs in heritage cemeteries in England, Scotland and Paris.
Hilda's research projects have included German cast iron grave markers in South-east Queensland and the amplification of Scottish identity on headstones. She is the author of the blog cemetrees.wordpress.com Hilda has presented at international conferences on death and mortality-related topics.
This Event is open to both GCFHS members and the general public, bookings are essential as numbers will be limited. Registration is now open.
Gold Coast Family History Society is organising a series of talks by well renowned experts to help you with your research in 2024.