A. Having made my intended visit to St Michael's Church, Campbell Town, I can now post the inscriptions on the three priests' gravestones:
1. (On the right, not the left):
The Very Rev.
Died 12th Sep. 1901.
Aged 77 Years.
Requiescat in Pace.
2. In the middle:
MAY THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS BE EVERYWHERE LOVED
HENRY CHETAIL M.S.H. [*]
MARCH 15TH 1904
The good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep
[*sic; lege HENRI CHETAIL M.S.C.]
3. On the left (not the right):
"Give thanks to the Lord"
"His mercy endures for ever"
Leo Bernard Kirkham
Died 11th April 1985
Aged 69 years
Ordained priest of God
May he rest in peace.
Having checked with a knowledgeable friend, I can confirm that Fr Kirkham was a late vocation (he would have been about 37 when he was ordained – I expect he attended the Beda), and a good priest; as the others also were, God rest them:
Sacerdotes in æternum, requiescant in pace. Amen.
B. And how could I forget? – while I didn't have a chance to stop and pay my respects, at another country graveyard nearer Hobart, next to St Matthew's, Pontville, is buried my godmother, Elizabeth Compton:
May the soul of Elizabeth, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
I managed to say a passing De profundis for the priests, and one for my godmother, while travelling to and from Hobart... A good reminder to pray for the dead.