Dear Friends from There (and Back Again),
When Slim and I bought back his old Nulla Nulla Creek farm, one of the things that touched me deeply was to find a little cement block with a small brass plaque marking a baby’s grave. It lay on a ridge looking out to the mountainside of the steep valley, and was easily hidden in the long grass. It upset me to think of baby Florence Rebecca there for over a hundred years, her grave so unremarked just as so many other little graves must be.
With the help and research of Slim’s niece Noeline Kyle, (Professor Noeline Kyle AM) I was able to have the grave protected by a fence, and the grave itself marked by a little tombstone, plus a plaque telling the baby’s history and the story of her burial there. Slim’s father Dave Kirkpatrick, was one who helped make the little coffin.
A couple of years ago, Anne and I were at the farm with my niece Dianne Lindsay and her husband Peter Simpson visiting us. Dianne, too, was deeply touched by Florence Rebecca’s story and somehow, I found myself promising to write it into a song one day.
It took me two years to get it done, there has been so much happening. Di has recorded “Graveyard Hill” and below is a link to Dianne’s video of the song, which includes a photo of the actual grave (taken by Noeline).
Thanks everyone, for the letters and cards and stories about seeing the film. It is going out all over the regional and outback areas now, and has had a special screening at Peppimenarti too.
Till we meet again,