Henry’s in a grave state of neglect

After years of neglect the monument over the grave of leading Australian literary figure Henry Lawson(1867-1922) is in desperate need of an overhaul – but no one wants to pay for it.

At least that’s what Michelle Cazzulino wrote in the Daily Telegraph

Lawson’s grave can be found in Sidney’s Waverley Cemetery where Waverley Council has a sponsorship program allowing individuals or companies to take financial responsibility for keeping the graves in order.

But the council’s Bronwyn Kelly says they can’t find sponsors.

The director of corporate and technical services said the council had approached numerous companies and organisations.

“Those graves are obviously significant from a cultural point of view – every grave in Waverley basically is,” she said.

“We recently had a quote to restore the Henry Lawson grave, which started at $14,520.

“The repairs are not as simple as they look.

“I’m always stunned at how much it costs to take care of this little plot, but to restore them to their normal fabric, you get stonemasons in to quote and it’s really expensive.”