For the next GUARDIAN ANGELS cleaning events for this year, see: Events Calendar
Our volunteers have been cleaning at the South Brisbane Cemetery at various times since 2005, when three women took on the job of cleaning and recording every grave themselves. Since then we have run several ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ events and two huge community efforts in the wake of the January 2011 floods.
Our monthly ‘Guardian Angels’ programme commenced in 2018, drawing in members of the public to join our team and try and clean as many headstones as we could for the 150th anniversary of the cemetery in 2020. It has been incredible for us to witness so many different people, young and old, come together to discover the strangely satisfying experience of washing off a headstone to again reveal something of its former glory to the world.
This has become one of our more popular community activities, with many people returning again and again. We are gradually working through the cemetery section by section, cleaning and tidying every grave, large and small, to help extend the lifespan of these special spaces.