At first, headstone cleaning might seem like an unusual thing to do, but that's exactly what The Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery will be doing on Saturday 18 August from 2 - 5pm. And you are invited to lend a hand.
This is a great way to fully understand and appreciate a piece of Queensland's history. The team of volunteers will be cleaning the grime from old marble headstones to return the memorials to something of their former glory.
Volunteers are welcome to attend for any time they can between 2-5 pm.
If you'd like to be a part of the team, you are asked to bring along all or any of the following items: a squirt bottle, small firm brush, garden rake, broom, bucket, gloves, hat. Cleaning advice, water and snacks will be provided by the organising group.
South Brisbane Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery at 21 Fairfield Road and Annerley Road, Dutton Park, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, adjacent to the Brisbane River. It was built from 1870 to 1990s. It is also known as Dutton Park Cemetery. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 1 October 2003.
Notable persons buried at the cemetery include Ernest Austin, the last person to be hanged by the State of Queensland and Henry Challinor (1814 1882), physician and politician in the Colony of Queensland.
Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery is a voluntary organisation of people with special interest in the history of Brisbane, particularly that of South Brisbane Cemetery and Boggo Road Gaol.
If you are interested in going along and helping to preserve our past, members of the team will be meeting at the main gate on Annerley Road.