The Stonemasons

The name of the stonemasons responsible for each headstone in the cemetery was marked on small metal plaques in the corner of the grave monument, or carved into the stone itself, or marked there with lead lettering. Some of these plaques survive today, and include such businesses as Batstones, Lowthers, and Petrie & Son. The quality of the monuments in South Brisbane Cemetery is testament to the skill of these craftsmen.

Advertisement for Batstone & Son, stonemasons, 1894.

Simmonds stonemasons, next to St Andrew's Church, Ann Street, Brisbane, ca. 1915 (John Oxley Library)

Ad for J Petrie & Son, 1893.

The following monumental masons all created work that can be found in South Brisbane Cemetery today:
  • John Petrie & Sons
  • Andrew L. Petrie
  • John Simmonds
  • Frank Downes
  • John Lowther
  • Phillip Lowther
  • Frank E. Ives
  • Frank Mansbridge
  • William Busby
  • William Batstone
  • Alfred Batstone
  • James Gordon
  • Clarence Grundy Pilling
  • William Parsons
  • W.E. Parsons 
  • Henry Payne
  • William E. Prout
  • Edward Logan Thumm
  • L. Young
  • Batstone & Smith
  • H.G. Jones
  • Timothy Wrafter
  • Chambers and Clutten (Melbourne)
  • Peter Sturrock (Woonona, NSW)
  • Hind (London)
  • G. Maile & Son (London)
  • Frank Williams (Ipswich)
  • Ernest Greenway (Ipswich)
  • Rudolph Ziegler (Toowoomba)