"Here, in many a height and hollow sleep the remains of Brisbane's silent hundreds." Ghosts, ghouls, spirits and apparitions
The stories of Toowong Cemetery can only be truly appreciated on the Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tour. For all other living souls, the Cemetery is locked after sunset until sunrise, and it is illegal to enter during dark.
With over 120,000 burial sites (not all only containing one soul's remains), spread over 108 acres, laid out with avenues and streets; it is a true Necropolis and celebration of the Victorian age. Originally a military training facility at the base of One Tree Hill (the name Mt Coo-tha was given in 1800's), the first grave was that of Samuel Wesley Blackall (1809-2/1/1871), Second Governor of Queensland. Gov Blackall suffered from Consumption (now known as TB), and would visit the top of Mt Coo-tha and the highest hill in what is now Toowong Cemetery, as it was believed that the breeze in high places offered relief to the symptoms. During one of these visits Blackall expressed a desire to be buried there, and when a mere 6 months later he died, that wish was granted by way of a grand memorial commissioned by the Parliament of Queensland. Four years after his wish to buried there, Toowong Cemetery was officially gazetted as a place of public burial.