Friday, March 5, 2010

Old grave yard

I was driving around the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn looking for something interesting to photograph when I came across this old cemetery. It was surrounded by businesses and a couple of houses with a stone wall and old steel gate in the front. Cemeteries, especially old historic ones, fascinate me, so this was a huge find.

The graves were made mostly of sandstone and the majority were so weathered and eroded that you couldn't see what was on them. I did find some with legible writing on them. This one belongs to Josephus Johannes Keyter who died on 8 October 1856 at the age of 38 years, 2 months and 25 days.
Close to the gate was this monument which looked like a spire. It seemed like it was erected in the latter part of the 1800's as well and was done so by a church for its ministers after they respective deaths.
GPS: 33°35'20.05"S, 22°12'31.76"E


  1. I also enjoy the history found in a old grave yard. I find them quite fascinating! Good subject, good photos!

  2. Great photos and beautiful blue sky!

  3. I find it interesting how varied older cemeteries are... somewhat simpler and more poignant methinks.