Ever heard of the Big Cemetery?
Australia is known for our BIG Stuff. The Big Pineapple. The Big Merino. The Big Red Bucket. But who has heard of the Big Cemetery?
See Australia, or more specifically NSW, is home to the Largest Cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere.
Covering a massive 314 hectares or 780 acres, 130 times the size of the MCG, Rookwood Cemetery (officially named Rookwood Necropolis) is a heritage-listed cemetery and thought to be the world’s largest remaining operating cemetery from the Victorian era.
Figures from December 2014 indicate that there had been 915,000 people buried or cremated there.
But you think Rookwood is BIG? Take a look at Wadi Al-Salam Cemetery. Its over 1,500 Acres, was established in the 7th Century and more than 10 million people have been buried there.
Known as the “Valley of Peace”, Wadi Al-Salam is the biggest cemetery in the world and covers almost an unbelievable 15% of the city Najaf in Iraq. Its hard to appreciate the magnitude and this drone gives some suggestion as to its sheer size.
The Graveyards Full?
But what happens when the Grave Yards are Full?
Australia has had some epic inventions that have changed the way the world functions. Think Google Maps courtesy of the Rasmussen brothers, or William Brain who in 1889 patented the Electric Drill or in 1966 when Angoves Wines invented the Plastic Wine Cask much to the delight and sufferance of many a poor uni student…
Henry George showed us just how important Land is. He taught us that humans’ relentless drive for technological improvements just makes us more productive and more profitable; all of which will flow back into the land price.
This will mean that Land will be used for its most productive and hence profitable purpose.
And this is exactly the outcome George Lines founder of Upright Burials – like EVERY inventor before him – will ensure. Increasing the productive use of land.
George has turned his hand to the Cemetery business – changing 1,000s of years of tradition. Innovation is the key here to George’s Upright Burials.
In an effort to better utilise land, George is suggesting that a vertical burial is a “Simple, natural, economical burial alternative”.
Upright Burials is Australia’s first ever vertical burial ground where the dead are stood to rest. Consuming about a third of the size of a conventional burial plot it’s a novel idea, maybe with some merit.
But what it really shows is that as humans, our relentless pursuit of advancement will see us overcome any hurdle placed in front of us. We just have to have enough incentive to solve the problem at hand or see the opportunity being presented. The Growlers put it nicely in their song “Graveyard’s Full” when they said.
The graveyard’s full
We’re running out of earth
But we can use the bones
To build another church….
Photo by Anton Darius | @theSollers