Head­stone grab a grave con­cern

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

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.

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