On Friday 13th October, a night tour through the South Brisbane Cemetery will led by capital-punishment historian Christopher Dawson. Visitors embarking on the tour will visit the graves of those unfortunate enough to be involved in executions - including the hangman himself - and share the background tales of hanging in Queensland.
The tour will include how hangings were conducted; how death came for the hanged; how laws changed over time; who could and who couldn't view the hangings; the tales of the hangmen; where in Brisbane the executions took place; and how Queensland became the first part of the British Empire to abolish capital punishment.
South Brisbane Cemetery (also known as Dutton Park Cemetery) is heritage listed and is located 4 kilometres from the CBD. South Brisbane Cemetery is on 27 acres of land beside the Brisbane River. The first burial took place in 1870. There are approximately 19,500 graves in the cemetery.
This historical tour of the cemetery traces a part of Queensland's rich history.