Midday in the garden of good and evil, the sun lights this lovely marble angel. Her heavenly gaze alone is worth a visit to the fabulously shabby Southern Cemetery. Opened in 1858, in the area then known as 'Little Paisley,' the tumbledown yet utterly charming Southern Cemetery is leafy-bowered celebration of religious tolerance; formerly rancorous Presbyterians, Anglicans and Roman Catholics sharing their eternal rest with Jewish settlers and Chinese from Guangdong – and not an unkind word from any of them. Famous inhabitants include some of Dunedin's most generous patrons: Dorothy Theomin (whose family gifted their home, Olveston, to the city), Bendix Hallenstein (bequeathed money and a mummy to the Otago Museum) and last but certainly not least, Captain William Cargill, who founded the settlement. Pack a picnic, sit beneath a century-old oak and say thank you.
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