RESEARCH

Research

The old burial records for South Brisbane Cemetery are unfortunately difficult to find and there is precious little information about the cemetery at the Queensland State Archives.

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.

Another handy website is the ‘Australian Cemeteries Index’, which features a lot of data provided by the FOSBC, including many headstone photographs (most of which were taken circa 2007-09).

There are also South Brisbane Cemetery graves featured on the websites ‘Find a Grave‘ and ‘Billion Graves‘ (please note that the ‘memorial ID’ listed on ‘Find a Grave’ is NOT the grave number).

The National Library of Australia’s ‘Trove’ archive of digital newspapers is a brilliant place for unearthing information.  

Screenshot from Brisbane City Council's 'Grave Location' webpage.

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

It is important to remember that there are many people still ‘missing’ from these records, but the meticulous researchers of Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery volunteers, using their own sources, aim to restore their names to history as part of the ‘Database and Mapping Project‘.

The FOSBC have recorded and photographed every grave in the cemetery and also have access to some rare records. They might be able to help with your search, but please note the volunteers might not always have time to deal with lengthy queries. The FOSBC can be contacted at friendscemetery@gmail.com.

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