"Heathen emblems" : a study of shrouded urn monuments in Brisbane cemeteries

Fraser, Michelle (2011). "Heathen emblems" : a study of shrouded urn monuments in Brisbane cemeteries Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Fraser, Michelle
Thesis Title "Heathen emblems" : a study of shrouded urn monuments in Brisbane cemeteries
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-05-27
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Jon Prangnell
Total pages 98
Language eng
Subjects L
370300 Anthropology
Formatted abstract

Mortuary monuments represent conscious behaviour; they are deliberately placed to be seen and interpreted. Historic mortuary monuments therefore offer a unique dataset for analysing past social identities. This thesis examines the variation observed in one particular monument style found in Brisbane's historic cemeteries, the shrouded urn. I have identified 16 different types of shrouded urns in Brisbane and the spatial distribution and styles of these types are analysed in order to identity the social causes behind this variation, specifically in relation to the monumental masons who erected them, the consumers who purchased them and particularly the individuals for whom they were erected. In order to determine if a correlation exists between these individuals and variation in the shrouded urns, the association of different types with Brisbane's monumental masons are analysed, as are social factors relating to the deceased such as age, sex, class and status, ethnicity and religion. Consumer choices relating to shrouded urn type, as well as to monument position, size and construction material are also analysed. Monumental masons are not found to have had a large impact on the variation in Brisbane's shrouded urns; rather shrouded urn variation is attributable to the identities and attitudes both of the individuals for whom they were erected, and those who sought to memorialise them by purchasing a monument.

Keyword Funeral rites and ceremonies
Sepulchral monuments

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