Headstone grab a grave concern
A MAN says he organised for headstones of his ancestors to be removed from a cemetery at Kempton and taken to his home because he was worried they would be bulldozed.
John Oldmeadow says “in retrospect” he may have done things differently, but said he was still worried about the cemetery management.
The cemetery is adjacent to St Mary’s Church, which is one of many Anglican churches around the state listed for sale.
Communities have raised concerns about future management of cemeteries adjacent to many churches marked for sale.
Mr Oldmeadow, 89, said he arranged for stonemasons to remove headstones of three of his ancestors, including John Vincent, who built the iconic Callington Mill at Oatlands.
“I don’t think I’ve done anything terribly wrong,’’ he said.
But he said after he was contacted by another descendant, he organised for the headstones to be reinstalled at the cemetery this week. That descendant, Bob Casey, said he was pleased with the outcome.
But Mr Oldmeadow said his worries remain.
“I think many families would be worried, a) at the sale of the church and b) what would happen to their deceased ancestors,’’ he said.
A Tasmania Police spokeswoman said Oatlands Police had investigated the matter and no charges would be laid.
The Anglican Diocese was contacted for comment.