B is for Branxton and Broadford

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

St Brigid’s Catholic Cemetery, Branxton, NSW 2006

I know there are a few of “my” Dorfprozelten people buried her but sadly none have gravestones. Instead, I’ll include a German one with connections to them, and an Irish one with beautiful inscriptions. Also, an MI for an Irish emigrant from Co Clare.

Joseph Karl BENDEICH (native of Wuerttenberg) and his wife, Elizabeth (native of Nassau)
The Engraving on this Irish gravestone is quite beautiful. John and Catherine DEASY
Bridget McNAMARA native of Co Clare and husband Thomas.

Broadford Cemetery, Co Clare, Ireland

The Broadford graveyard behind the Catholic church and looking towards Ballykelly and the hills where the O’Brien family lived.

This is where two of my 2xgreat grandmother’s siblings were buried. We don’t know if her parents were also buried there or in the old Kilseily burial ground.

The gravestone for Mary’s younger brother Thomas O’BRIEN who died 10 November 1936 and his wife Ellen. The stone was erected by their daughters Bridget and Margaret.

The inscription on Thomas O’Brien’s MI is now illegible but luckily I transcribed it decades ago.

The grave of Margaret McNAMARA nee O’BRIEN and her husband William.

Our youngest daughter has “fond” memories of her visit to this cemetery on her 11th birthday and receiving her birthday gift there, as well as a very late afternoon visit to the cemetery at Tuamgraney with the owls hooting. Hardly any wonder she doesn’t share my fascination with cemeteries.

Cemetery Wish List

I’m hoping to tick off some of my wish list in the coming months.

Balmoral Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland

I know there is a Dorfprozelten emigrant buried there and I was a photo of her grave.

Blackman’s Flat Cemetery, NSW

Again, another Dorfprozelten family are buried here.

10 thoughts on “B is for Branxton and Broadford

  1. It is great that you have so many images of family gravestones to make it your A-Z theme,, as I have very few, and none on my father’s side. I look forward to seeing your German memorials in particular, as I know from our holidays in Bavaria , the cemeteries are very different in style to ours .

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    1. The Bavarian cemeteries couldn’t be more different here from the one in Dorfprozelten. I find that MIs are less common back in the early days of immigration. There are plenty I don’t have but looking for Bavarians and Irish bumps that up.


  2. I love seeing old gravestones that tell where the person was from. I only first saw that when I visited an Irish cem and I was so excited when I saw their native land written. But unfortunately I had no ancestors buried there but I enjoyed reading their gravestones


  3. These are lovely stones — beautiful clear lettering on many of them as well as sculptural embellishments. Thank goodness you transcribed the O’Brien stone. I was given advice to do that with all stones years ago, and it’s totally worth it.


  4. I’m often frustrated cos so many of my relatives didn’t have the money for a gravestone but now and then I find a nice one like some of the above and wonder how they could afford. But I’m glad they did!

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    1. It seemed to be quite common for that first immigrant generation not to have a gravestone and it was probably down to cost. Love it when they do though 🙂


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