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Tombstone Trails at Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a senior writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, editor, published poet and former editor of poetry magazine Fruit Salad. I have also authored children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published May 28th 2015
It may take an hour to discover the charms of one or two 'trails', depending on how keen you are to explore. The Toowoomba and Drayton Cemetery offers plenty of side-attractions if you divert to admire the ornate headstones not listed in the brochure.

Walk One contains among others, the humble grave of William Poon, who emigrated from China to pan for gold.

Walk Three includes the burial sites of four past Mayors, notably the first woman Mayor of Queensland, Nellie Robinson. Henry Spiro was the only Jew to become Mayor. Born in Prussia, Spiro led a life of generosity and erected Queensland's first synagogue.

The walks presented a challenge in locating some sites. The brochure has swapped the sites of William Groom and William Beit. Poor Mr Beit's gravesite eluded me also.

Walk Five boasts a murder victim and the man initially charged with the crime. But it transpired later that his wife had actually 'dunnit'.

Walking among the headstones provides peaceful exercise in the fresh air. Take care driving into the cemetery as the entrances bear cattle grids.

Opening hours: 6am -6pm, cnr Anzac & South Streets.

You can pick up a brochure at the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre.

Tombstone Trails
One of the attractive and interesting gravesites found in Toowoomba Cemetery.
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Where: Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery
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