Officially it's called the South Brisbane Cemetery, but Dutton Park sounds better. Cooler. Spookier. More haunted. When researching cemeteries for Blood Work, I came across Dutton Park and, as the second oldest cemetery in Queensland, decided it would be a good place for a ghoul to live. Then I went to see it for myself. My pictures of that first visit were lost thanks to my digital ineptitude, and I kept thinking I should go back one day with my camera, and I did. Several years and a couple of books later. Sadly, the camera battery died and I had to use the iPad, but I think some of the photos turned out okay.
Here are some images of Dutton Park Cemetery. I hope they help you imagine Matt, Mercy and Kermit during their adventures, and maybe you can understand why I picked this cemetery.
And who knows, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of a ghoulish face somewhere in there. . .
The cemetery is old and mostly neglected. People walk through it all day, a short cut from one place to another. They don't stop to look, to wonder, to feel the history. All these lives, reduced to a stone marker, now nothing more than something to be walked around.
Colours have faded, distant memories of loved ones. It's sad to think of when these flowers were placed here, and how that was the last time someone visited.
Headstones lie cracked and broken on their graves. Names and dates worn down to ghosts.
The trees drop decades worth of branches and leaves to cover the graves, but even that isn't enough for them. They must reclaim everything.