‘Santiago cemetery, Chile, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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http://gravematters.in/wp-admin/post.php?post=2036&action=edit Santiago chile cemetery part-IDSC08774 640 40DSC08771 640 40DSC08766 640 40DSC08761 640 40DSC08749 640 40Felipe Valeech H.    R.I.P.

DSC08739 640 40Blanca Mering Lizane, R.I.P.

DSC08729 640 40Familia Gaete Wolleter, R.I.P.

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‘Museum Taman Prasasti, Jakarta, Indonesia- a curtain raiser’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Museum Taman Prasasti

Recently I visited the old Dutch Cemetery turned museum  in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Museum Taman Prasasti  was formerly a cemetery, built by the Dutch colonial government in 1795 as a final resting place for noble Dutchmen.

Two detailed photo articles on this Museum/Cemetery would be coming soon on this website.

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‘The amazing railway graveyard at Uyuni, Bolivia’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Yes, it a an amazing graveyard- a graveyard with a difference. Here one finds a large number of old railways engines, bogies etc. left to rot in the sun. This  rail yard which I visited in 2014, is about 3 kms outside the small town of Uyuni in Bolivia and is connected to it by the old train tracks . Let us first try to get a mooring of where exactly is Bolivia located on the map of the world.

bolivia_worldImportant: The geographical boundries of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir as shown in the map above are NOT correct as part of its area seems to have been wrongly excluded from the Indian boundary. bolivia2 uyuniUyuni is located in the southern part of Bolivia, near Chilean border.

DSC00377 640 40In the past, this town served as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports. The train lines were built by British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century and formed a sizable community in Uyuni

DSC00355 640 40 The engineers were invited by British-sponsored Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway Companies, which is now Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia. The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892.

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It was encouraged by the then Bolivian President Aniceto Arce, who believed Bolivia would flourish with a good transport system, but the local indigenous people did not see to it kindly as they viewed it as an intrusion into their lives.

DSC00347 640 40The trains were mostly used by the mining companies. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed, partly due to the mineral depletion. Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train cemetery. One can see a large number of these retired engines staying unmoved.

DSC00327 640 40 Most of the trains that can be found in the Graveyard date back to the early 20th century and were imported from Britain. In other places in the world, the mighty steel trains would have held up better. The salt winds that blow over Uyuni, which hosts the world’s largest salt plain, have corroded all of the metal. Without guards or even a fence, these pieces were picked over and vandalized long ago.

DSC00331 640 40There is a talk now of building a museum out of the cemetery.DSC00329 640 40That’s me, a happily retired person, posing with a happy looking retired railway engine.

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‘Landsdowne cemetery, Uttrakhand, India, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Located in the Garhwal area of the state of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a small picturesque hill station. It is at a height of 1706 m above sea level and has  very pleasant  weather throughout the year. In fact, due to its weather and scenic beauty, Lansdowne was a popular hill resort for the British, and they built a cantonment here which is still preserved and maintained well.

Lansdowne is named after its founder Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India during 1888-1894. Currently, the command office of the legendary Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army is in Lansdowne. The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial and the Regimental Museum are worth a visit.
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The cemetery here is located in the army area but is open to public. As soon as one enters the main gate, one finds a signboard pointing out towards the cemetery. The short 300 metres walk to the cemetery is easy to negotiate. I visited this cemetery in August 2015.

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Landsdowne Sept 2015 251 380 50That is me at the entrance of this cemetery.

In the second part of this photo-article which will follow soon, I would present photos of some inscriptions on graves in this cemetery and some analysis.

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‘French graves, Pondicherry, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

?? elisabeth 580 33(Ici repose, Elisabeth Cloth De Vassou, decedee’ le 26 Septembre, 1889, a l’age de 65 ans, Priez pour elle.)

Here rests

Elisabeth Cloth De Vassou,

died on 26th Semtember, 1889

at the age of 65.

Pray for her.

firmin 580 33(Tombeau de famille- Ici repose Firmin Joachim Vassou, Decede’ le 13 Avril 1878, a l’age de 62 ans. Priez pour lui)

Family Tomb

Here lies Firmin Joachim Vassou. Died on 13th April 1878

at the age of 62 years.

Pray for him.

masker 580 33(Ici reposent, Marie Leongine Masker, nee’ le 24-12-1873, decedee’ le 24-8-1910 – Claire Marius Masker, Nee’ le 12-8-1872 et decedee’ le 12.2.1925)

Here rest Marie Leongine Masker, born on 24-12-1873 and died on le 24-8-1910.

Claire Marius Masker, born on 12-8-1872 and died on 12.2.1925.

Quite interestingly Marie was born on 24th of a month and died on 24th of another month. Similarly Claire was born on 12th of a month and died on 12th of another month!

pierre 580 33(Ci git, Pierre Frion, ne’ a Bordeaux, le 20 Fevrier 1794. Decede’ a Pondicherry a le 15 Aout 1862.)

Here lies

Pierre Frion born in Bordeaux

on 20th February, 1794

Died at Pondicherry

on 15th August 1862.

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?? ?? (Sylvain Robinet, Chrurgien De L’Armee Royale, Ne’ a Rouchefort, 7th May 1796. Decede’ a Pondichery le 5th 8re 1841. Sa veuve et ses amis inconconsolables…..This isncription is hazy and not very clear).

Sylvain Robinet,

Surgeon of the Royal Army,

Born at Rouchefort, 7th May 1796.

Died at Pondichery on 5th 8re 1841.

His inconsolable widow and friends.

urbain 580 33(A la memoire de M. Perdiron Urbain, Inspecteur Primaire, Decede’ le 27 Avril 1890. Hommage de pieux souvenir et de reconnaissance du corps Enseignment Primaire de l’Inde  Francaise.)

In the memory of

M. Perdiron Urbain, Primary Inspector,

Died on 27th April, 1890.

Hommage of pious souvenir and  rememberence of the Corps of Primary Education

in French India.

bayoud 580 33(Jeanne BAYOUD, nee’ VERDIER, 1880-1954, R.I.P.)

Jeanne Bayoud,

Nee’ Verdier,

1880-1954,

Rest In Peace.

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Readers are invited to see my earlier photo articles on this subject that appeared in this website:

(1) “French graves, Pondicherry, Part-1″ by K.J.S.Chatrath; Posted on July 15, 2012 ; http://gravematters.in/?p=828
Sketch of world map showing Pondicherry … Here are some photos of the graves in the French cemetery at Pondicherry. Ici repose Mme. D. Janet nee’ Sice, nee’ le 6 Janvier 1851, decedee le 1 Mai, 1881. Priez pour elle. …

(2) “The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://gravematters.in/?p=402; Posted on June 4, 2012
Publication of the book “The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India” by K.J.S.Chatrath Brief description of the book: While some of the British cemeteries in India are well known, not much is known about the Portuguese and the …

(3) “Do not disturb!” by K.J.S.Chatrath; Posted on May 17, 2012 http://gravematters.in/?p=135
Some persons working in the cemeteries are known to come across some inexplicable experiences. I have been visiting the cemeteries and especially the French cemeteries in India for almost ten years for my research work on inscriptions on French graves …

‘Santiago cemetery, Chile, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Generally it is not easy for a visitor to locate a cemetery in a new town. However I found the General cemetery in Santiago, Chile to be one of the easiest to locate. The reason is simple. There is a Metro station named Cementerios and one has just to take the metro, get down at the Cementerios station and come out of the station.

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The Cementerio General de Santiago, Chile is one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America with an estimated 2 million burials. The cemetery was established in 1821 after Chile’s independence when Bernardo O’Higgins inaugurated the Alameda de las Delicias along the old course of the Mapocho River.

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This cemetery is the final resting place for at least 172 of the most influential people in Chile, including all but two of the deceased Presidents of Chile, the exceptions being Gabriel González Videla and Augusto Pinochet.

One of the most visited memorials is that of former President Salvador Allende who had been buried in the Santa Ines cemetery at Viña del Mar following his suicide in the 1973 coup d’état. With the democratic changes that began in the 1990s, Allende was exhumed and his remains were transported in a solemn procession through the streets of Santiago to a place of honor in the Cementerio General de Santiago. The cemetery also has a memorial to the people that were ‘disappeared’ during the regime of Augusto Pinochet that ousted President Allende.

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The gatehouse that serves as the main entrance to the cemetery is crowned by a dome, which acts as a terminating vista for La Paz Avenue. This entrance is preceded by the Plaza La Paz, a semicircular plaza whose curved portion is framed by two exposed brick arcades. At the center of the square stands a monument dedicated to the people who died in the Church of the Company Fire.

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The historical portion of the cemetery was designated as a national monument in 2010

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Sshh…Be respectfully quiet….Here lie the departed in perpetual sleep.

Metro station: Cementerios

Visiting hours for pedestrians:
Monday to Friday: from 8.30 to 18.00
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 8:00 to 18:00 hours.

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‘Paris Cemeteries & their Secrets: Oscar Wilde’s Tomb at Père-Lachaise’ by Marilyn Brouwer

Pere_Lachaise_looking_down_the_hill 580 66Looking down the hill at Père Lachaise by Näkymä Père-Lachaiseen/ Public Domain

Paris Cemeteries & their Secrets: Oscar Wilde’s Tomb at Père-Lachaise By Marilyn Brouwer; Bonjour Paris;

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My esteemed readers are invited to access my photo articles on this cemetery by clicking at the relevant links below:

(1) ‘Latticework in Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris, France’ by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://gravematters.in/?p=1524
(2) “Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris – graves of some extraordinary ladies & gentlemen” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://gravematters.in/?p=199
(3) “Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://gravematters.in/?p=63
(4) “Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris, Part-II” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://gravematters.in/?p=103

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‘Joas Baptista Cemetery, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Cemitério São João Batista (Saint John the Baptist Cemetery) is a private cemetery in the neighborhood of Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro owned and operated by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Rio de Janeiro (Holy House of Mercy of Rio de Janeiro) a charitable organization with a Catholic identity founded by the Portuguese in Rio during the colonial era. This Foundation operates this cemetery with a permit from the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, as in Brazil cemeteries are either owned by the municipality or operated with its permission.
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It is one of the cemeteries more decorated and adorned in Brazil, with dozens of rich mausoleums and artistic graves. In the center of the cemetery stands a chapel, which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. A space is reserved for the burial of the Hospital Sisters of Charity St. Vincent de Paul, along with the nuns who looked after the sick. Also located in this cemetery are the catacombs, belonging to the Brazilian Academy of Letters, linked to Brazilian soldiers who died during the First World War, the sailors of the ship battleship St. Paul who were killed during the Revolution of 1924, the FEB veterans and aviators Brazil.

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Cemitério São João Batista’ Address: Rua Real Grandeza, s/nº – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22281-033, Brazil, Phone:+55 21 2539-7073; Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

‘ 198 Indian martyrs in Neuve Chapelle, France, March 10, 1915’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

New Chapelle Memorial France Oct 15, 2009 053-580On this day, exactly one hundred years ago, on 10th March, 1915, one hundred and ninety-eight  Indian soldiers obtained martyrdom fighting at Neuve Chapelle, France.

Rest in peace brave ones.

Coming soon more details in my book ‘Indian martyrs of World War-I in Neuve Chapelle Memorial and Mazargues Cemetery, France’