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Books


A number of books about South Brisbane Cemetery and the surrounding local area have been produced as part of the not-for-profit 'Inside History' publishing project.

Scroll down this page to find out about these interesting publications. They have been researched to a high level and designed to contain a lot of information at a very affordable price.

Most can be purchased online, but please contact us if you have any queries about the ordering the books. Remember, these are not-for-profit publications so any purchases you make will help us continue our work for the community.

In the Beginning: The early years of South Brisbane Cemetery 
(Tracey Olivieri, 2008)
The South Brisbane Cemetery was established in the 1860s and remains one of Queensland’s most historic and beautiful cemeteries. This fascinating book, the first in the new ‘Stories in Stone’ series from Inside History publishers, looks at the creation and changing shape of the original cemetery, and also the lives of some of the prominent locals buried within its grounds. 

RRP $6.50 - 48 pages, with illustrations and bibliography

Rock of Ages: South Brisbane Cemetery Symbolism 
(Olivieri/Dawson, 2008)
There is a surprising array of gravestone symbolism in the South Brisbane Cemetery. Ships and anchors, palettes and lambs, angels and cherubs, Russian and Celtic crosses, and a variety of plants and flowers that held a range of meanings for Victorian-era people. Rock of Ages provides an attractive photographic record of these headstones.

RRP $8.50 - 76 pages, fully illustrated
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The Ghosts of South Brisbane Cemetery
(Tracey Olivieri, 2010)
South Brisbane Cemetery's foremost historian, Tracey Olivieri, grew up in the local area and played in the cemetery as a child, and has drawn from her lifetime experience to produce this new book on the spookier side of cemetery stories. Tracey has known many of these stories (such as the 'Silver Man') for decades. She also busts a few myths along the way.

RRP $8.50 - 40 pages, fully illustrated
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Hong Kong to Toowong: Chinese burials in the Brisbane General Cemetery 
(Leonie Gane, 2008)
Much of the history of Queensland's Chinese pioneers lies forgotten in the Toowong Cemetery. This book seeks to fill in a few of the blanks and give a face to some of the Chinese names in the cemetery register. It also takes a look at Chinese beliefs and burial customs, answering such questions as, 'what are the Bucket of Troubled Origins' and the 'Spirit that Clears the Way'?

RRP $8.50 - 64 pages, with illustrations and endnotes
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A Pit of Shame: The executed prisoners of Boggo Road 
(Christopher Dawson, 2nd edition, 2010)
They came from all corners of the world – Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia... They killed for love or money, in desperation or drunkenness… They were all hanged at Boggo Road, and they were buried in South Brisbane Cemetery. A Pit of Shame tells the stories of the 42 people hanged at the notorious Boggo Road Gaol and buried in the South Brisbane Cemetery.

RRP $16.95 - 104 pages, with illustrations and bibliography
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Hangman's Walk: South Brisbane Cemetery 
(Christopher Dawson, 2007)
The historic South Brisbane Cemetery, also known as the Dutton Park Cemetery, is an important touchstone to Brisbane's past. This publication takes the reader on an intriguing self-guided graveside tour, highlighting the human connection between the cemetery, the Boggo Road Gaol, the criminal justice system, and the era of hanging in Queensland. 

RRP $3.00 - 22 pages, with illustrations
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Christopher Dawson and Tracey Olivieri (2012)
Explore the hidden meanings behind the symbols on the historic headstones of the Ipswich General Cemetery in Queensland, and discover one of the city’s great open-air museums. You will be surprised by the decorative variety of the stones, the talent of the artisans who created them, and how the stones help tell the story of Ipswich itself.

RRP $15.00 - 96 pages, with colour illustrations and endnotes
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The Prisoners of Toowong Cemetery: Life, Death & the old Petrie Terrace Gaol
(Christopher Dawson, 2006)
23 men died in Brisbane Gaol, Petrie Terrace, during 1875-82, and were buried in Toowong Cemetery. Find out; How a horribly bungled Brisbane hanging drew the attention of Downing Street; How the 'Aboriginal Ned Kelly' ended up in Berlin; Why a university still has the heads of two of the executed prisoners; and how a convicted child molester became Queensland's executioner.

RRP $8.50 - 72 pages, with illustrations, endnotes and bibliography
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LOCAL HISTORY BOOKS

Brisbane Beginnings #1: Dutton Park 
(Christopher Dawson & Tracey Olivieri, 2009)
The first book in the Brisbane Beginnings series explores the hidden history of this unique suburb. Contains a wealth of fully-referenced information about Aboriginal and early European history in the area, local residents, street names, houses, schools, the Catholic Church, and the prison, cemetery, pound and recreation reserves.

RRP: $6.50 - 44 pages, with illustrations and full endnotes
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Absolute Fairyland: Heady days in Dutton Park 
(Christopher Dawson, 2006)
The arrival of the electric tramway in the 1900s turned the neglected riverside reserve Dutton Park into 'the most picturesque and charming open-air resort in Australia'. The 'Continentals' of live performers and silent movies drew up to 5,000 people per night to the park. By the Depression, however, the park was a shanty town of relief workers. This is the story of the rise and fall of a suburban park.

RRP $8.50 - 46 pages with illustrations and endnotes
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The One & Only Boggo Road:The history of a unique suburban street 
(Christopher Dawson, 2008)
Annerley Road grew from an 1850s bullock track to become a unique road with a unique name. This book covers the years from when Indigenous people camped in a rich environment, to the development of the 'One-Mile Swamp' and 'Boggo'. By that time the road was home to one of the state's oldest cemeteries and most notorious prison, and a 19th century legacy that survives to this day.

RRP $8.50 - 76 pages, with illustrations and endnotes
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