Cemetery History

The South Brisbane Cemetery has had many ups and downs since it opened back in 1870, from the proud early years as a grand municipal cemetery, to its sad decline during the later part of the 20th century, and then its resurgence as a heritage-listed site that is attracting renewed public interest.

The following pages cover different aspects of the history and heritage of this important touchstone to our past.

Cemetery History
An overview of the general history of South Brisbane Cemetery and its changing fortunes over time.

Cemetery People
A look at the many people involved in the history of the cemetery, including the sextons, undertakers, stonemasons, and the people interred and memorialised there.

Cemetery Heritage
Learn about why the cemetery is heritage listed, some of the threats it faces, the fascinating array of monuments within it, and what the future may hold.

A look at the incredible range of monuments to be found inside the South Brisbane Cemetery and how to understand their meaning and look after them.

How to find out more about the South Brisbane Cemetery, the people inside it, and how to find their graves.

Boggo Books
A range of affordable, accessible and historically accurate books about the cemetery and other aspects of local and Queensland history.