Burial service for parrot

One of the strangest graves in the ancient Western Road cemetery at Parramatta (NSW) is that of a parrot.  For twenty years the bird entertained travelers at one of the hotels, and the wife of the hotel keeper become so attached to it that when it died she purchased a grave, hired a mourning coach and, after employing the local undertaker to make the coffin, read the burial service over the remains at the grave-side herself – “Gwydir.”

– Smith’s Weekly (Sydney, NSW) Saturday 5 June 1926          By Mick Roberts on April 12, 2017   https://timegents.com/2017/04/12/burial-service-for-parrot/

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