Opening day 1952

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, opening day 1952

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, opening day 1952

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, 1954

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, 1954

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, opening day 1952

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, opening day 1952

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, opening day 1952

Photographer: Sven Samuelsson, opening day 1952

I had a conversation the other day about death and history of the island. I wondered where people were buried before the cemetery at Hönö was built 1952. Apparently everyone was buried at Öckerö. It took a few more years even after the opening of the new cemetery at Hönö, for it to fill, because people thought the new cemetery looked too empty. Then yesterday I was very kindly given some photos of the opening day of the cemetery. Crazy to see how bare it was! Apparently there was a guy called Börjesson who planted trees all over the island. He used to borrow school classes to help him plant trees, even my mother remember planting some of the trees on the island! Asking around though no one I have spoken to have had a better answer to why he did it apart from -Maybe because it was pretty? Of course there is also another reason to why the island is now so full of trees, there are no cattle. A few years ago they had sheep at one of the nature reserves, to clear the land but what I’ve heard is people complained and they had to go. Before I was born my family, like most other families,  had pigs and two cows. Every morning my grandmother would go milk them where they grazed(just by the cemetery). They also planted carrots and spuds there by the sea, I guess because the soil would be full of nutrients because of the cattle. I think it’s a great shame that there are no animals on the islands, apart from chickens and house pets that is.  From now on I will make it a life long quest to bring the cattle back to Hönö, that’s a promise.

2 thoughts on “Opening day 1952

  1. Excellent photos and post! I am reminded of how empty the ‘new’ part of the cemetery looks nowadays – who would want to be the first one buried out there all by yourself? But it will fill up soon enough!

  2. Pingback: 1954 | Hen island

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