Cemetery Residents - U

The ‘Unknowns’. There are several adults buried in the South Brisbane Cemetery who are simply listed in the records as ‘unknown man’ or ‘unknown woman’. These may have been anonymous vagrants who died a pauper’s death and were buried by the government. Some may have been found dead outdoors and were never identified. It is perhaps the loneliest end to a life, not just to die alone, but to die unknown without family or friends.

There are also dozens of listings in the burial registers of ‘unknown baby’ or ‘unknown child’. While this most often relates to stillborns or miscarriages from the hospital, there would also be cases where dead babies were found in public. This was from a time when harsh community opinions and laws led women to ‘dump’ new born babies, whether dead or alive, to conceal a birth. It was quite common to see newspapers articles of these tragic finds.

Share Your Story Here!

Do you have a relative or friend who you would like to see included in the Cemetery Residents- U page? We’d love to hear from you. Just send us their story via email, text or word document and we will format it for inclusion here (if it is relevant).We are interested in getting the stories of ‘ordinary’ people who have little-to-no presence in the history books. They do not need to have lived incredibly dramatic lives.

Please try and keep your submission within a 500 word limit per person. This is best achieved by not including too many dates or minor details of a person’s life. Images are welcome (maximum two per person).

Thank you.