The Curious Cross at Baker’s Rest

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View through St Paul's Cross at Geelong Eastern Cemetery View through St Paul’s Cross at Geelong Eastern Cemetery

The cross atop of Reverend Louis Alexander Baker’s grave seems at odds with the other memorials in the Church of England section of Geelong’s eastern cemetery.

picture by Jenny Fawcett St Paul’s Church Cross atop of Reverend Louis Baker’s Grave

Embellishing a too-short pillar it seems uneasy atop of its heavy block base and in contrast with its rusted iron railing.
But this is no ordinary cross crafted as a memorial token following the death of Reverend Baker.
This is the Cross that adorned the first church of St Paul, erected in Melbourne in 1852.

Photo of the Cross atop of St Paul's Church Melbourne in 1875 (source: State Library of Victoria http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/view/action/nmets.do?DOCCHOICE=464718.xml&dvs=1385207737683~109&locale=en_AU&search_terms=&adjacency=&divType=&usePid1=true&usePid2=true) Photo of the Cross atop of St Paul’s Church Melbourne in 1875 (source: State Library of Victoria
http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/

The cross from St Paul’s was one of many relics preserved when the church was dismantled in 1885 to make way for the grand St Paul’s Cathedral, erected diagonally opposite the Flinders…

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