It's Halloween today. We don't really celebrate it, athough I'm partial to the odd ghoulish story.
I've been trying to do a little research on the original owners of the Sow's Ear - the Stables family. It was owned by two sisters and their bachelor brother. I've written a little about it here and here.
They seem to be an interesting bunch, particularly paranormal Zoila who used to have out of body experiences. Spooky, huh?
Recently, I found a death notice on the National Library of Australia newspaper records for the patriach of the Stables family - William Cordukes Stables. He was buried at Mount Thompson Crematorium in 1935. It appears he also lived in the same street as his children.
|funeral notice for William Cordukes Stables from The Courier Mail 1/08/35|
This morning, I went to the Crematorium to pay him a visit. I'm good like that. Actually, I thought that I would be able to find out whether the rest of the Stables were buried there too.
Unfortunately, the crematorium office was closed today, so I couldn't view their records or obtain a map of where to find the plaque.
It would be like looking for a needle in a haystack...but for some unexplained reason, a strong force lead me to the West Chapel of the gardens.
|Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens - courtyard|
I entered a small courtyard to the right of the chapel and was instantly drawn to a simple fountain.
And, remarkably, I found William's plaque. It is quite a large ornate plaque which indicates to me that he was perhaps a man of some wealth.
Sadly, there were no other plaques for the Stables family surrounding him, which was the main purpose for my visit.
I will have to wait for the Office to re-open to see if the rest of the family are in fact there. However, some sixth sense tells me that they are not...