Bethel street

Gravestone foun on George Street Sydney

The gravestone here sketched was found in Bethel street about 30 years ago. It was used as a paving stone, and had probably been moved from the first cemetery nearby for that purpose.

Running by the side of the institute is a passage still bearing the imposing nameplate—
"Bethel street," but it is only the memory of an erstwhile street. In this street was discovered, some 30 years ago, a unique paving slab. On being lifted it was found to be the tombstone of a man who came in the First Fleet. Hamlet lamented that the dust of kings might serve "to fill a crack to keep the wind away." Boatsman Graves' post-carnal usefulness lay in other directions—his headstone served to fill a crack to keep the mud away. We shall pass with quick step to the next building. It was the correct thing when one visited Paris up to a few years ago to visit the Morgue and write a chapter of gruesome details. As the morning cables are supplying this fare in unlimited quantities, we shall pass by the Coroner's Court, and arrive at a more pleasant subject—the Sailors' Home.