Annual History Lecture 2018
Warnings from the grave: Death, glory and memory in Australian cemeteries
The human remains, gravestones, furniture and setting all embody the rituals of death. The material culture of death recorded in our cemeteries is a valuable source for historians, but should never be considered in isolation. To truly understand the Australian way of death we must appreciate cemeteries as cultural landscapes, analyse the social and economic history of funerary practices, and consider the fickle nature of memory and commemoration.
In this Annual History Lecture, Dr Lisa Murray will survey the history of Australian cemeteries, highlighting the central role memory has played in their fates. She will reflect upon the beauty, value and threats to our national heritage.