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Posted on May 22, 2013 by
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Woof woof everyone ... 

This is me in a cemetery in Saint Thomas Rest Park, Crows Nest. Dad took me there the other day. We used to visit all the time when I was younger. It is a great place for an old dog like me. It's full of gravestones that I can walk between with lots of other dogs to play with. All the tombs are still there and they are some of the oldest in Australia. The smells are incredible.

It is now a dog park as well as a people park and one day Dad got the idea to write a book called 'Dog Walking in a Cemetery' while we were there. The book would have told the stories of the people buried in the graves and the ones who come now to walk their dogs.



Anyway it changed to become a story about our journey to the centre of Australia.  But in the new book - The Electronic Swagman - a Man, a Dog, the Road and a Lot of Dead People - we still visit cemeteries all along the way and look at the lives of the people buried in outback graves as well as writing about me, and Dad and Australia of course.

It is interesting to go back to where an idea was born and see at how it has changed and how it has changed us. Because Dad wrote that book we are now writers and photographers traveling around and collecting stories all over Australia. Because he got that idea and wrote that book he is now The Electronic Swagman and I am his dog. Mind you, I am a lot more famous than him. 

WOOF WOOF Tommie xx

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and a lot better looking in a dog way of course! :)
Tommie Hawkins
ain't that the truth Jenni
i love the graveyard where i live.its called st gwendolin's under the black mountians...its approx thirteen hundreds..its wonderful..and i have family up great garnds,my nan and grandad..and a few day i will be there aswell.yess everyone has a story to tell...and what if you just sat there and you meet a aghost..and the ghost told you a story about his life...and then,it all sounded so familier..the story was of a man and his dog who took photos and wrote story's of his great travels.and then you get up to leave with the dog but cannot get through the gates.peplexed you sit down to gets dark,and light all in the blink of an eye.and there the next day you still sit there...and you begin to listen about the story's about a man who travelled around australia..taking photos with his dog... but....not yet...there are many photos to take many adventure's to go on i dont belong here ! and you walk through the gates...but then..beep beep beep..beep beeep you roll over in the van and turn the alam clock off...arhhh....another sunny day glad i am awake that was amighty wiered dream... this is me and how i think when someone write things like this...hehe...hope you like my little story mr raymond...gkad you hada nice day tommie....:0x
Tommie Hawkins
You would love our book Alison - all these stories of Australia rise up exactly as you have described.
patricia lang
I have a penchant for old graveyards too Tommie, not in a morbid way but like your dad I wonder about the lives of the people laying in there.
Susan Portz
Woof woof Tommie! Yet another lovely shot of you. You are so very photogenic. I'm glad that some little caprice of fate brought you and your dad together and then brought you to share your stories with us. Love from Susan & Hogan
Woof! Cemetaries - yes. Interesting to visit. Where I live, there is one which contains the stories of a Flue Epidemic w-a-a-a-y back in the day. Or drownings. One reads a bit of the town's history right there on the tombstones. Enjoy your wanderings and smellings, dear Tommie!
Woof,when I go out to visit Dad`s grave,I look around at the other graves and think,lots of memories,stories and good times with the dec people here.Where Dad is burried,I know most of the people burried there.I came from a small farming community town where everyone knew each other.May they all RIP
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