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The beautiful South Brisbane Cemetery is a wooded riverside park, a holy place, and a museum all in one. It opened in May 1870 and is the oldest surviving municipal burial ground in Brisbane, Queensland. Located in the suburb of Dutton Park, it is home to around 100,000 'residents'. You can use this website to explore the fascinating history of this heritage-listed place, and learn all about the people, graves and monuments that lie within it.

Upcoming Tours 2019

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The following linked tours are currently available for booking. More events will be added to the schedule closer to tour dates.

April
Friday 12 April: Hangman’s Walk - South Brisbane Cemetery
Thursday 18 April: Haunts of Brisbane - Toowong Cemetery
Friday 26 April: Gruesome Graveyards (South Brisbane Cemetery)
Sunday 28 April: Ghost Stories of South Brisbane Cemetery


May
Sunday 5 May: Labour Day Tour (Morning) (South Brisbane Cemetery)
Friday 10 May: Haunts of Brisbane - South Brisbane Cemetery
Thursday 16 May: Haunts of Brisbane - Toowong Cemetery
Friday 24 May:  Moonlight Tour (South Brisbane Cemetery)

June
Sunday 9 June: Hangman’s Walk - Toowong Cemetery
Friday 14 June: Gruesome Graveyards(South Brisbane Cemetery)
Thursday 20 June: Haunts of Brisbane - Toowong Cemetery
Sunday 23 June: The Dying Arts(South Brisbane Cemetery)
Friday 28 June: Women of South Brisbane Cemetery: The Other Side

July
Friday 12 July: Hangman’s Walk - South Brisbane Cemetery

October
Friday 25 October: The Wome…

General History of South Brisbane Cemetery

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Pre-1863: The area now known as Dutton Park was originally thickly timbered and cut by steep gullies. A rough track from Woolloongabba to Ipswich passed through it. Some farms were established in the 1840s, the road was surveyed, but there were few houses.


1863: The area around what is now Dutton Park was surveyed. A large recreation reserve was set aside, and then divided into recreation and cemeteries reserves by a later survey.

1865: The Cemetery Act provided for the government to set up general cemeteries under the control of local trustees.

27 January 1866: Trustees appointed for South Brisbane Cemetery. They were TB Stephens, AJ Hockings, WT Blakeney, WM Baynes and J Mooney.

March 1866: Land selected for use as cemetery. It was described as ‘eighteen acres on the old Ipswich road, about a mile and a-half from the city, and extending from the road down to the Brisbane River at Oven's Head. From its position, there is no danger of its ever being surrounded with houses, and …

Moonlight Tour

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Next tour
Friday 24 May 2019, 7.15 - 9.15 pm.
Places available. Book early - only 20 places per tour

Prices
$15/$10 single bookings
$40 family of four
$60 family of six

All our tours are not-for-profit

BOOK HERE
Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.

Bank transfer (please mark your transaction 'MT24 May' and indicate number of attendees, also provide a contact email):

Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225

PayPal

Single bookingsFull $15.00 AUDConcession $10.00 AUDChild (10-17) $10.00 AUD
Group bookingsFour people $40.00 AUDFive people $50.00 AUDSix people $60.00 AUDSeven people $70.00 AUDEight people $80.00 AUDNine people $90.00 AUD
Tour description Join us for a night-time stroll through this beautiful and historic cemetery as your guides chat about the general (and genuine) history of the place and the stories of some of the residents laid to rest within there. No cheap thrills here - we want you to appreciate the peacefu…

'Hangman's Walk' Night Tour: South Brisbane Cemetery

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Next tour
Friday 12 July 2019, 7.15 - 9.45 pm.
Places available. Book early - there is a maximum of 20 places per tour.

Prices
$15/$10 concession Bookings for four or more people - only $10 per person!


All our tours are not-for-profit
BOOK HERE
Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.

Bank transfer (please mark your transaction 'HW tour 12 July' and indicate number of attendees):

Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225

PayPal

Single bookingsFull $15.00 AUDConcession $10.00 AUDChild (12-17) $10.00 AUD
Group bookingsFour people $40.00 AUDFive people $50.00 AUDSix people $60.00 AUDSeven people $70.00 AUDEight people $80.00 AUDNine people $90.00 AUD
Tour description Experience a True History tour. You will visit the grave sites of various people associated with the history of hanging in Queensland, including the hangman and all the people he hanged, as well the judges, gaolers, under-sheriff and doctors who all had a hand in the p…

'The Women of South Brisbane Cemetery' Tour

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Next tour
Friday 25 October 2019, 7.15 - 9.30 pm.
Places available. Book early - there is a maximum of 20 places per tour.

Prices
$15/$10 concession
Bookings for four or more people - only $10 per person!


All our tours are not-for-profit

BOOK HERE
Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.

Bank transfer (please mark your transaction 'WSBC tour 25 October' and indicate number of attendees and email contact):

Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225

PayPal

Single bookingsFull $15.00 AUDConcession $10.00 AUDChild (12-17) $10.00 AUD
Group bookingsFour people $40.00 AUDFive people $50.00 AUDSix people $60.00 AUDSeven people $70.00 AUDEight people $80.00 AUDNine people $90.00 AUD
Tour description Experience a True History tour. A tour that we first ran to mark International Women’s Day in March 2018, and which proved to be so popular that we added it to our roster of regular tours.

During this tour you will walk through this beautiful…

The 'Ghost Stories of South Brisbane Cemetery' Night Tour

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Next tour
Sunday 28 April 2019, 7.15 - 9.30 pm.
Places available. Book early - there is a maximum of 20 places per tour.

Prices
$15/$10 concession
Bookings for four or more people - only $10 per person!


All our tours are not-for-profit

BOOK HERE
Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.

Bank transfer (please mark your transaction 'GSSBC tour 28 April' and indicate number of attendees):

Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225

PayPal

Single bookingsFull adult $15.00 AUDConcession $10.00 AUDChild (12-17 years) $10.00 AUD


Group bookingsFour $40.00 AUDFive $50.00 AUDSix $60.00 AUDSeven $70.00 AUDEight $80.00 AUDNine $90.00 AUD
Tour description
(Note: This is NOT a theatrical 'ghost tour'.)

Join a cemetery historian, a paranormal historian, and a (sceptical) professional historian for a walk around the cemetery as they discuss the folklore of ghost stories, highlight some examples from the cemetery, place the stories in cult…

'Gruesome Graveyards' Night Tour

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Next tour Friday 14 June 2019, 7.15 - 9.30 pm.
Places available. Book early - there is a maximum of 20 places per tour.

Prices
$15/$10 concession
Bookings for four or more people - only $10 per person!


All our tours are not-for-profit

BOOK HERE Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.
Bank transfer (please mark your transaction 'GG tour 14 June' and indicate number of attendees, also provide an email contact):
Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc. Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493 Account no. 10158225

PayPal

Single bookingsFull $15.00 AUDConcession $10.00 AUDChild (12-17) $10.00 AUD
Group bookingsFour people $40.00 AUDFive people $50.00 AUDSix people $60.00 AUDSeven people $70.00 AUDEight people $80.00 AUDNine people $90.00 AUD
Tour description Experience a True History tour. Take a walk through this beautiful and historical cemetery at night, and hear macabre tales of murder, grave robbing, executions, suicide, the Plague, and even couple of ghost stories. All our stories migh…

Join the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery

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People who support our not-for-profit work are more than welcome to join us and become part of our friendly community group.

There are two types of membership, which come with very generous benefits. Payment can be made by bank transfer, PayPal, or in person.

Bank details:
Commonwealth Bank
Account name: Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225

You can download a membership form here, or contact us at friendscemetery@gmail.com for a form or more information.

Adult single
One year: $10/$8 concession. Includes one free night tour! All further tours half  price.

Three years: $25/$20 conc. Includes free one night tour per year (further tours half price) and one free book from a selected list.

Single membershipOne year $10.00 AUDOne year (concession) $8.00 AUDThree years $25.00 AUDThree years (concession) $20.00 AUD
Family (parents, children up to 17 years)
Single parent: 
One year: $25/$20 conc. One free night tour per person (further tours half price)
Three years: $…

The 'Haunts of Brisbane' Night Tour: South Brisbane Cemetery

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Next tour
Friday 10 May 2019, 7.15 - 9.45 pm.
Places available. Book early - there is a maximum of 20 places per tour.

Prices
$15/$10 concession Bookings for four or more people - only $10 per person!


All our tours are not-for-profit
BOOK HERE
Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.

Bank transfer (please mark your transaction 'HB SBC tour 10 May' and indicate number of attendees):

Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225

PayPal

Single bookingsAdult full $15.00 AUDAdult concession $10.00 AUDChild (12-17 years) $10.00 AUD
Group bookingsFour people $40.00 AUDFive people $50.00 AUDSix people $60.00 AUDSeven people $70.00 AUDEight people $80.00 AUDNine people $90.00 AUD
Tour description
Join ‘Haunts of Brisbane’ creator Liam Baker for a unique night tour that focusses on some of the ghost stories, cemetery folklore and the horrible history surrounding this priceless heritage-listed site.

Hear amazing true stories of the Woogaroo L…

'Women of South Brisbane Cemetery: The Other Side' Night Tour

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Next tour
Friday 28 June, 7.15 - 9.15 pm.
Maximum of 20 places per tour.

Prices
$15/$10 concession
Bookings for four or more people - only $10 per person!


All our tours are not-for-profit

BOOK HERE
Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.

Bank transfer (please mark your transaction 'Women OS 28 June' and indicate number of attendees):

Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225

PayPal

Single bookingsFull adult $15.00 AUDConcession $10.00 AUDChild (12-17 years) $10.00 AUD
Group bookingsFour $40.00 AUDFive $50.00 AUDSix $60.00 AUDSeven $70.00 AUDEight $80.00 AUDNine $90.00 AUD
Tour description
Experience a True History tour. If you've already done our 'Women of South Brisbane Cemetery' tour, you will enjoy this all-new event in which we tell the stories of women interred in the other half of the cemetery (the southern extension, opened in 1904).

During this tour you will walk through this beautiful and historical cemete…