Tuesday, April 10, 2012

David Syme 1827 - 1908


At rest at Kew Cemetery is David Syme and his family. According to Wikipedia David Syme immigrated to Australia in 1852.  He voyaged on a badly provisioned vessel, and arrived at Sydney in half-starved condition. Syme took the first steamer to Melbourne and walked Castlemain (120 kms). He had some success in the gold fields.  In 1855, at Mount Egerton, Syme and his partner almost obtained a fortune, but their claim, which afterwards became very valuable, was jumped by other men and they were unable to obtain recompense.  Towards the end of 1855 he returned to Melbourne an became a road contractor.  David Syme joined his brother as partner in the "The Age" in 1856.  Today "The Age" is the leading Newspaper in Victoria. Contributed to Taphophile Tragics.

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  1. But David Syme is THE name from the historic foundations of The Age, not the other brother. Almost as though David were a claim jumper in his own way.

    Fascinating to know that such a pillar of the community started out with nothing and had to work bloody hard to get a foot hold.

    That is an imposing mausoleum, Joe. Any idea when the most recent Syme was interred there?

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    1. I did read that David Syme joined his brother Ebenezer Syme at The Age and reluctantly took it over when Ebenezer retired. I didn't see any details on the mausoleum in relation to the recent Syme although there were plenty of others buried there.

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    2. The most recent plaque I photographed was for Caroline Mary Syme Walford 1954 - 2010.

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  2. Shame he had no luck at the gold fields, he might have built a bigger tomb. A good story.

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  3. Bonitas fotos, gracias por tu visita y comentarios¡¡¡

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  4. What an impressive monument!

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  5. He had a humble beginnings but his life ended well....I guess that is what we all strive for a good ending? WELL done!!

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  6. After a shaky start he did well hey Joe..that's quite some mausoleum there! It looks like a structure you might see in Athens.

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  7. Interesting post, Joe. That is one grand monumental mausoleum! It looks an awful lot like Trajan's kiosk in Philae, see:
    http://nixpixmix.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/philae-egypt.html

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    1. Thanks for the link Nick. Yes there is a definite resemblance. The David Syme Mausoleum did contain a lot of Egyptian emblems.

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  8. From such humble beginnings, eh!

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  9. What a roller coaster ride his life was. This is a huge monument. Are family members buried within the structure or near it? Sorry to say, but I've never heard of Syme or The Age. Didn't even know there was a gold rush in Australia. Evidence of being woefully undereducated I'm afraid.

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  10. Almost like a Roman temple! Such an impressive, pillared resting place! I did not know these unusual beginnings of "The Age".

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  11. Yikes, that is one GRAND ending to humble beginnings.

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