Friday, May 20, 2011

Cemetery vandalism in Queenstown, Eastern Cape

On our recent holiday we visited Queenstown cemetery in the Eastern Cape to take photos of my great grandparents graves. It was hard to find them, and as we walked up and down looking, we passed a number of graves that had been vandalised, with headstones knocked over, and crosses broken.

Eventually we found the graves we were looking for, but though the stones were intact, the metal railings around the grave had been removed, presumbably by metal thieves. We took quite a lot of photos of them, just in case the next time we, or other members of the family try to find them, they too are lying on the ground with the inscription side down, and possibly broken into pieces.

1 comment:

Leeann said...

I am very saddened and also angered to read this. A year ago, while on holiday, I spent about three hours walking around, reading, and snapping photos of this fascinating cemetery. It is one of the most interesting I have ever seen (and I have seen a lot as an amateur genealogist). Leeann of Texas