Through The Lens, Trinidad & Tobago

Governor's Cemetery

March 22, 2005

Governor's Cemetery

The Botanic Gardens in Port of Spain were conceived and instituted by then Governor Sir Ralph Woodford in the early 1800's. I am not sure of the exact year but it would have been around 1818. Incidentally, this apparently makes Trinidad's Botanical Gardens the oldest in continued existence in the Western Hemisphere.

A small plot of land within the Gardens was reserved as a cemetery for the island's Governors and their family and friends with the earliest burial recorded in 1819 — that of William Souper.

Though no new plots are created, you can see that the cemetery is very well maintained. The three crosses shown in this photo mark the graves of (nearest to furthest) John Scott-Bushe, CMG - Colonial Secretary of Trinidad for 29 years (1887); William Rowland Pyne - Governor of Trinidad (1885) and Henry Chantrell - Auditor General of Trinidad for 16 years (1898).

Posted by phototakeouter at 10:56 PM | Comments (1)

Very cool but evil looking photo! Love how the crosses are aligned.

March 23, 2005 08:31 AM, Rehana

Comments are currently disabled. Blame the spammers. I would still love to hear your feedback. Please email me at: