The purpose of my visit to the Guildford cemetery on a gorgeous August day last Tuesday was to photograph some of the graves belonging to Swiss Italian families. I had been to the cemetery with Katie a couple of times before. Katie waited expectantly at the gate – this place means rabbit hunting!
Swiss Italian families settled the region around Daylesford, Yandoit and Guildford in the 1800s. They farmed the land, built houses and outbuildings from the local stone and each family had their own recipe for making bull boars – a dense meaty, herby, garlicy sausage.
Some of the graves are tucked away in the far corner of the cemetery.
This family was dogged by tragedy.
A number of graves bear the name Delmenico……..
The Barassi family produced one of Guildford’s most famous identities.
I moved on to other graves. This new grave plays homage to the role of Australian Rules Football in this person’s life. Josie Connell was a Western Bulldogs supporter.
The violets growing on this grave scented the warm air.
This headstone brought back memories of my Aunt Anne. Guildford Gus was one of her favourite hosts on local community radio.
At the main intersection in Guildford, Ron Barassi, Australian Rules Football legend, gazes across to……..
…………Guildford’s only remaining hotel.