Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane

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Toowong Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery on the corner of Frederick Street and Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was established in 1866 and formally opened in 1875. It is Queensland's largest cemetery and is located on forty-four hectares of land at the corner of Frederick Street and Mount Coot-tha Road approximately four and a half kilometres west of Brisbane. It was previously known as Brisbane General Cemetery. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 31 December 2002.
Although still used as a cemetery, it is a popular place for joggers and dog walkers, with its over-hanging fig trees and winding pathways. The Friends of Toowong Cemetery conduct tours through the cemetery as well as providing a series of self-guided themed walks through the cemetery. Guided "ghost tours" are conducted through the grounds of the cemetery on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bureaucratic procrastination, manoeuvring and public discontent colour the early history of the Brisbane General Cemetery at Toowong and contributed to the decades of delay in providing a new General Cemetery for Brisbane in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The first cemetery serving the small penal settlement that was Brisbane between 1825 and 1842 was located on the (present day) northern approach to the William Jolly Bridge, bounded by Skew Street, Saul Street, Eagle Terrace and Upper Roma Street. It was here that soldiers and convicts were interred but was considered unfit for the burial of children. One soldier's four children were buried in a brick crypt in an area at North Quay near Herschel Street.
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  • Walking from the botanical garden, it is quiet and spacious. It is a sharp top design of the Christian style mainly.
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  • We past the cemetery as we toured Brisbane’s sights. Our tour guide proudly mentioned that her grandmother & uncle are buried here as well as many old prominent Brisbane families.  more »
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  • There is an antigravity hill here. When you drive into Toowong cemetery and go left you will come to a small pergola on a small hill. Put the car in neutral and very slowly roll down the hill. You will come to rest near a large grave with pictures of pyramids on your right. You will then proceed to roll back up the hill. The area is very peaceful and is a nice walk. You will learn about the early history of Brisbane too.
  • A beautiful part of Brisbane history but the atmosphere is really dead.
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