off Bourke-Wilcannia Rd
Louth is known for its August race meeting. It also has a remarkable structure known as "The Celtic Cross" or "Shining Headstone". The Cross is a 7m polished granite cross that dominates the cemetery. It was constructed by Thomas Matthews, founder of Louth, who erected the monument as a perpetual memorial to his wife Mary Mathews, who died in 1866. It was positioned in such a way that on the anniversary of Mary 's death, the sun reflected from the cross onto the house where she had lived in Louth. The monument was installed in such a way that it caught the light of the setting sun and reflected it through town.
Ray Cork visited the cemetery in Feb 2023 and updated the listing with recent burials. All previous inscriptions were also updated.
Very few headstones remain with almost all graves unmarked. A memorial at the entrance lists known unmarked burials. For almost all of the unmarked graves no sign of the grave's location can be seen. A sad and lonely final resting place.
At the time of visiting it appeared that there is no ongoing maintenance being undertaken.
No signs of vandalism.
Bourke Shire Council: 29 Mitchell St Bourke NSW 2840, Ph: (02) 6830 8000, Fax: (02) 6872 3030
17 Feb 2023
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