A Chinese gravestone usually has at least three columns of
characters. The writing in the middle column tends to be larger than that on the side columns. The size of the
writing indicates the relative importance of the information. The centre column, not surprisingly, gives the name
of the deceased. Information about the date and place of birth and age of the deceased is usually inscribed on the
right hand side (east) and the date and time of death is found on the left (west). Characters across the top
usually give the district or province of birth.
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Reading Chinese Gravestones by Doris Yau-Chong Jones
Ballarat Cemetery showing headstones and the furnace/oven.
Chinese Furnace/Oven & Chinese Altar - Ballarat Cemetery
Grave of O Cheong