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Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone

In December 1876, Martin Hobbins left home near Uarbry to go droving. Out of touch with his family for about five months, he returned home to discover that, during his absence, four of his children had succumbed to diphtheria. What is more, his wife had died while giving birth to twins, who also failed to survive. Over the next several months, grieving Martin made and inscribed five large headstones with his own hands. He then carried each of them by horse and dray to Uarbry cemetery and erected them over the graves of his family. These five distinctive tombstones still stand in a row as silent testimony to a family tragedy.

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