Research


The old burial records for South Brisbane Cemetery are unfortunately difficult to find.

There is an online Brisbane City Council ‘grave location search’ facility which is very useful although not 100% accurate because some names are spelled differently to other records and might not be listed in their correct grave location. However, that website is still a very good place to begin your search. If you can't find the person you want, try different spellings of the surname.

Another very good website is the ‘Australian Cemeteries Index’, which features a lot of data provided by the FOSBC, including many headstone photographs.

Please be aware that there are many people ‘missing’ from these burial records, but the meticulous research of Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery volunteers have so far turned up numerous missing people and restored their names to history. We have also recorded and photographed every grave in the cemetery and have access to some rare records. We might be able to help with your search, but please note our volunteers might not always have time to deal with lengthy queries. The FOSBC can be contacted at friendscemetery@gmail.com. Donations for this work are welcome.

The National Library of Australia's Trove website is a brilliant resource for finding people and references to the cemetery. Again, watch out for variants in spelling.

Further information about the cemetery might be found at the Brisbane City Archives and the Queensland State Archives.

South Brisbane Cemetery's entry in the Queensland Heritage Register can be found here.