WPC Challenge – Names

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The Johnson Family grave at Beltana, South Australia

Taken in South Australia many years ago. A very sad story is told here.

via Photo Challenge: Names


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. The word “like” does not fit here, but I am glad you posted this. I think of the father losing his entire family like that. Back then, fires were much more common than they are today with all the modern alert systems we have, the fire retardant materials, and the fire engines, too!! This picture provides one of those shocks out of complacency that make a person take stock and be thankful.


    • This grave is in a small cemetery in an abandoned settlement in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. It was tough living there, hot in summer and isolated all the time. I was very moved by this story when I saw the grave.


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