Recently published: a heavy metal memorial at Ross Bay Cemetery

The unique memorial to Daniel Patrick Paris Long in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, was part of a tour entitled If These Stones Could Speak, conducted in June 2019. I wrote up the memorial in Stone Cuttings, the newsletter of the Old Cemeteries Society, organizer of these tours (see pp. 3-6).

“The eye is drawn to the outline of an inverted sword, 0.75 metres/30 inches long, bisecting the granite and flanked by Dan’s dates. The sword is a most evocative image — at once symbolic of a life cut short and emblematic of the warrior spirit that Dan possessed. The sword is present even though absent: so the absent person is here made present.”