As you know I have been sharing with you my trip to North Western Australia. Many Australians do not know this but Broome, its main town, has a Japanese connection.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s Japanese pearl divers where brought in to Australia to help in the pearling industry of Broome.
Some of the pearl divers died due to drowning or what the called diver's paralysis.
Some of the Japanese also died in the cyclones and their bodies are buried here in Broome's Japanese cemetery.
As you can see there is not a few of them.
The tombstones used are those of the sandstones found in Broome's beaches.
Some of the families of these Japanese pearl divers settled in Australia and have intermarried with those with Aboriginal or European heritage. So from time to time I have seen people with Asian features but are quite tanned/dark.
This cemetery is still used today by those people with Japanese ancestry. Those who have stayed behind.
I noticed that these tombstones face the setting sun, the west. Yet the Chinese cemetery near by has its tombstones face the east, the rising sun. I want to ask Augustinian Successor about this, why is that noticeable difference?
This cemetery has only 2 Japanese Christians buried here. Here is one of them and it is fairly recent at that. His grave is located at the back part of the cemetery, alone.