Avenue at Broadstone Cemetary
Driveway into Broadstone Cemetery

Cemeteries may seem dismal places; it’s true of course that sad events take place there. However, visits on less traumatic occasions may divulge interesting facts. Many cemeteries are beautiful.


Most of us are familiar with Charles Darwin, but how many know much about Alfred Russel Wallace? Wallace was the joint author with Darwin of a paper on the theory of natural selection. He never achieved the fame which Darwin earned, but without his encouragement when he discovered the same facts as Darwin, the book on the  subject may never have been published.


Wallace plaque2


Wallace’s grave lies in Broadstone Cemetery in Dorset. It’s easy to find as it has a 7 foot  fossilised tree from Portland on top of the grave.

fossilised tree on Wallace's grave

Wallace was born in Usk, Monmouth in Wales, but  lived in Broadstone from 1902 until his death in 1913. He was actually a renowned British Naturalist, and has a hypothetical boundary between Oriental and Australian zoogeographical regions named after him – Wallace’s Line.


Broadstone Cemetery is an attractive resting place; trees are interesting to me and the shapes and bark on some of them is wonderful.

forked tree

tree bark

On the subject of my blog, I’m deleting the ‘links’ page, as it is not what I want. I don’t think many viewers will miss it!

9 thoughts on “Darwin’s Sidekick

  1. I agree with you, older cemeteries especially can be fascinating places and havens for wildlife. Ashamed to say I didn’t know about Alfred Russel Wallace. I wonder if it was his idea to have his resting place marked with a fossilised tree, or was it put there by his family or admirers? Seems a fitting memorial!

  2. I find cemeteries fascinating places, especially the older ones with the huge gravestones. I know of one, in fact, and this Summer I do plan on taking a few hours with my camera to stroll through. Both the “feelings” I get and the surroundings, will certainly be reflected on those photos. Great post, Chris!!!! Love, Amy

  3. As You say, Chris, a visit to cemeteries can bring us in contact with many who contributed to our betterment, and might be lying, unsung and forgotten. Good post.

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