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Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW,  in 1943, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral.

He selected the casket, and even engraved .the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death.

“He was more concerned with the hereafter than this world,” said a friend who knew him well.⁣

 

On This Day ……. 31st May 1943

Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral. He selected the casket, and even engraved the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death. “He was more concerned with the hereafter than this world,” said a friend who knew him well.

AT the recent licensing court, Mr. Dowling, of the Australian Hotel, Little Bourke-street east, opposed the application for a renewal of the license for the Colonial Family Hotel. On Saturday evening he was waited upon by three young men, who brought him a parcel. On opening it he found a miniature coffin painted black, with an inscription on the lid as follows—”Sacred to the memory of V. Dowling,” and a small piece of paper attached informed him that it was but a sign and token of what he would soon require.

The Colonial Family Hotel became known as the death house and is one of the stops on our Chinatown Murder Tour

ON THIS DAY…… 1st November 2012

Toilet people are dying to use

The town of Millaa Millaa, in Queensland, Australia, came up with a killer idea for national coverage and tourist attraction at their town cemetery. A new toilet was needed at the graveyard and the council was quoted more than $80,000. Not to be killed in their tracks the local Chamber of Commerce decided to just build one themselves. Undertaking the gravely task their build a coffin shape toilet “crap crypt”. Problem is, now that this eternal restroom has been built, some townsfolk are dying of embarrassment. “You have to be careful, not everyone is going to have our macabre sense of humour,” Chamber president Pat Reynolds told the Herald Sun newspaper. “But we did it with good intentions. It’s for firstly, the cemetery, and secondly, maybe a few more people will notice Millaa Millaa now.” The builders made sure not to do a crappy job on the toilet, providing a septic system, solid cement foundation, and strong walls, one of which bears a cross and the letters RIP, according to the Courier-Mail newspaper. Not everyone likes the idea. Brian Norton was dead set against the tombstone toilet and wrote a letter to officials expressing his grave concerns. “Imagine if they had a funeral there,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to go over very well, especially if people are there from out of town. They’ll think, ‘What sort of place is this?'”

On This Day ……. 31st May 1943

Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral. He selected the casket, and even engraved the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death. “He was more concerned with the hereafter than this world,” said a friend who knew him well.

On this day …….. 22nd of April 1906

On this day in 1906, the unique spectacle of a man selling his own coffin at auction entertained a crowd of people in Wangaratta, Victoria. J.R Wood from Milawa put up his coffin for sale because he was leaving the area. He was a carpenter by trade and had made a coffin some years earlier and had used it for a bookcase. The coffin was purchased by a local undertaker for 12 shillings.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955

Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about 100 years ago, but not today. Miss Counsel was a gentle, fine lady and this is a shocking thing,” he added. Miss Counsel’s body was found a week later in scrub a short distance from Yallourn. Police are convinced the body was taken from the coffin only two or three days after burial, and possibly the same night. Three homicide detectives will visit towns within a 50-mlle radius of Trafalgar in the hope of gaining a definite clue to the body snatcher.

 

 

On this day …….. 4th of January 1938

A Mysterious cases which had not been opened for more than 30 years, u covered a skull, a shroud— foul play. These were the macabre finds and the thought that followed of the secretary of the Ararat Mechanics Institute (Mr. G. Hansford), when he was rummaging among old lumber from one of the lower rooms of the institute. An old case believed to have been locked for more than 30 years was opened. Inside was a 4ft. coffin which contained a skull with a false white beard a foot long. The skull was at the end of an imitation of a corpse. As news of the ‘ghost’ spread hundreds visited the institute, but none was able to explain the mystery. It is thought that the coffin, skull and shroud were used in mysteries of some society in the early days.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 1st November 2012

Toilet people are dying to use

The town of Millaa Millaa, in Queensland, Australia, came up with a killer idea for national coverage and tourist attraction at their town cemetery. A new toilet was needed at the graveyard and the council was quoted more than $80,000. Not to be killed in their tracks the local Chamber of Commerce decided to just build one themselves. Undertaking the gravely task their build a coffin shape toilet “crap crypt”. Problem is, now that this eternal restroom has been built, some townsfolk are dying of embarrassment. “You have to be careful, not everyone is going to have our macabre sense of humour,” Chamber president Pat Reynolds told the Herald Sun newspaper. “But we did it with good intentions. It’s for firstly, the cemetery, and secondly, maybe a few more people will notice Millaa Millaa now.” The builders made sure not to do a crappy job on the toilet, providing a septic system, solid cement foundation, and strong walls, one of which bears a cross and the letters RIP, according to the Courier-Mail newspaper. Not everyone likes the idea. Brian Norton was dead set against the tombstone toilet and wrote a letter to officials expressing his grave concerns. “Imagine if they had a funeral there,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to go over very well, especially if people are there from out of town. They’ll think, ‘What sort of place is this?'”

Join us this coming Tuesday (July 5) night at 6pm at the historic Blackwood Hotel for dinner, cemetery tour and and investigation of one of the most haunted hotels in Victoria!  Booking can be made by calling 1300865800

But as for the Blackwood Cemetery ….  this is a letter to the editor from 1877 highlighting some of the difficulties of grave digging at Blackwood!!

THE BLACKWOOD CEMETERY

To the Editor of the Courier

Sir – Permit me, through your columns, to draw tot he attention of the trustees of the Blackwood Cemetery (if there are any) to the disgraceful scene that occurs on nearly every occasion an internment takes place.  No matter old or young, large or small, the body has to lie alongside the grave while the grave is made larger, not withstanding ample notice given to the gravedigger.  A child was buried this afternoon, six year of age, and the coffin on being lowered, stuck, and had to be hauled up again, while one of the followers of the corpse had to take off his jacket and with pick and shovel made the grave larger.  The bereaved parents and friends were compelled to stand by while this was being done.  Surely, Sir, the sad necessity that takes us to the cemetery to lay the remains of a loved one in their last resting place, is harrowing enough without being aggravated by having to stand by while the grave is made larger.  Trusting your insertion of this will prevent any future occurrence of the like blundering – I remain yours truly

A. MOURNER

Barry’s Reef, 11th June

On This Day ……. 31st May 1943

Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral. He selected the casket, and even engraved the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death. “He was more concerned with the hereafter than this world,” said a friend who knew him well.

On this day …….. 22nd of April 1906

On this day in 1906, the unique spectacle of a man selling his own coffin at auction entertained a crowd of people in Wangaratta, Victoria. J.R Wood from Milawa put up his coffin for sale because he was leaving the area. He was a carpenter by trade and had made a coffin some years earlier and had used it for a bookcase. The coffin was purchased by a local undertaker for 12 shillings.