EULOGY

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Today I stood above the final resting place of Solomon Blay, Tasmania’s long serving Public Executioner at Cornelian Bay Cemetery. I voiced out loud a sincere request that he and his fellow ex-convicts, many interred around him in this Paupers grave site, would allow me to ‘move on’ after burying deeply my grief and feelings with them at the ‘Desecration’ of Colonial Architect and Civil Engineer John Lee Archer’s magnificent 1831 Penitentiary Chapel.

Approval has been granted by the Tasmanian Heritage Council and the Hobart City Council to allow the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) to convert the last remaining transept of Lee Archer’s beautiful chapel into a ‘video theatre’ as part of their project to make the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site into a ‘Post-Mona Museum’.

My sincere hope is that sometime soon in the future, coherent commonsense will triumph and when this project fails, as I and many others believe it will, there will be a return of Trust by forward thinking people with a true sense of conserving Tasmania’s built Heritage and History and not the present ‘Cash Cow’ mentality which prevails today.

(c) July 2016