Our Achievements

The members of the FOSBC have conducted an enormous amount of work in the cemetery over the years.

We have documented every grave in the cemetery and helped to correct official records where necessary. Most of our photographs can be seen on the Australian Cemeteries Index website. We have also assisted hundreds of people with their family history enquiries.

We run a range of very successful cemetery tours that attract rave reviews. Tour themes include general history, capital punishment, women of history, ghost stories, and macabre history. Most of our tours take place at South Brisbane, although we also run tours at Toowong and Mt Gravatt cemeteries too.

'Women of South Brisbane Cemetery' tour, March 2018. (FOSBC)

Cemetery advocacy
We have lobbied and worked with federal, state and local governments over cemetery-related issues with various levels of success. These issues include:
  • the return of headstones excavated during the construction of the Busway.
  • the installation of a commemorative marker for the 150th anniversary of the cemetery.
  • repairing the main gates on Annerley Road
  • the installation of boom gates on the cemetery entrances. 
  • improved security surveillance of the cemetery. 
  • changing trespass by-laws. 
  • debunking fabricated 'history' stories about the cemetery.
  • banning inappropriate and disrespectful commercial activities within the cemetery.
  • having dangerous trees removed.
Over the years we have cleaned out every single section of the cemetery, although this work is never-ending and of course many sections revert to an untidy state over time.

After the cemetery was flooded in January 2011 we organised two of the biggest community events ever seen in the place - the 'Sister Suburb Sunday' clean-up with Channel 7, and the 'Great Graveyard Shift' clean up. Both events attracted over 100 volunteers. We continue to organise occasional clean-ups at the cemetery. In 2018 we initiated another series of community cleaning bees which were very successful and have resulted in dozens of headstones being cleaned of grime.

One of our cemetery clean-ups, 2011 (FOSBC)

We have written a number of affordable booklets about the history of the cemetery and local area, which can be seen here. FOSBC committee members Tracey Olivieri and Chris Dawson were awarded the Viva Cribb Bursary in 2011 for their book 'In Heavenly Garb: The Headstones of the Ipswich General Cemetery'.