|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1867|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1897|
Annie Inglis married Melbourne doctor, John Springthorpe, in 1887. In his diary, he described her as the perfect wife who was "self-sacrificing, modest, tender, true and wise." Unfortunately, after only 10 years of marriage, Annie died in 1897 giving birth to their fourth child, Guy. Dr. Springthorpe was devastated by his wife's death and poured himself into the creation of "one of the most beautiful and most costly" tombs in Australia. Harold Desbrowe Annear, one of Melbourne's most celebrated architects, designed the temple and renowned Anglo-Australian sculptor, Bertram Mackennal, created a marble statuary group depicting an angel, a recumbent young woman and a kneeling figure representing sorrow. Springthorpe's diary proclaims, "the whole is more than a tomb – it is the real made ideal – an apotheosis of love for all true lovers to the end of time with its take of loss, memory, separation and reunion." Nowhere on the temple is there any mention of Annie's name. There is only the following inscription. "My own true love, Pattern daughter perfect mother and ideal wife, Born on the 26th day of January 1867, Married on the 26th day of January 1887, Buried on the 26th day of January 1897." The tomb sits on a site 80 feet square within Boroondara Cemetery with a view of Heidelberg and Mount Macedon on the horizon. The Springthorpe Memorial is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
John William Springthorpe (1856 - 1933)
Boroondara General Cemetery
Created by: Suzy & Rob
Record added: Oct 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79333899