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Toowong Cemetery

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by Tracey Lloyd (subscribe)
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Published February 15th 2010
Opened in July 1875 and the final resting place of over 100,000 people, Toowong Cemetery (formerly Brisbane General Cemetery) is Queensland's largest cemetery. Situated in 100 acres of undulating land which borders Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and the Brisbane Forest Park, Toowong Cemetery is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. Governor Samuel Blackall, the second Governor of Queensland, is amongst the many premiers, governors and politicians buried in the grounds. Governor Blackall's grave features a mausoleum topped with a tall stone spire which can be seen from the Western freeway.

The cemetery is open to the public during daylight hours. There are many fine examples of funerary architecture to view at Toowong Cemetery with The Temple of Peace, Caskey Memorial and Trooper Cobb's gravel all individually listed as heritage sites. The Temple of Peace is a memorial monument to the sons of the Ramo family, three of whom were killed during World War I. The body of one son's dog is also buried in the Temple of Peace.

Friends of Toowong Cemetery have created a series of guided walking trails, each of which highlights different sections of the cemetery - chose from the Federation, Irish, health professionals or Toowong identities trails. On the first Sunday of every month, the group offers a free 90 minute guided heritage walk throughout the cemetery. Each walk focuses on a theme, such as tours of sports personalities' graves and war memorials.

For fans of the paranormal,
Ghost Tours offer 2 hour walking tours of Toowong cemetery, held on a Saturday night. It is suggested that there is 13 haunted grave sites within the grounds.

Whether you are a ghost hunter, local history fan or architecture buff, there is plenty to keep you occupied at Toowong Cemetery.

Images of Toowong Cemetery

Toowong Cemetery Main Gates
Angel Monument
Panoramic View of Toowong Cemetery
Graves at Toowong Cemetery with Governor Blackall's grave in the background
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Why? Instead of seeing how our forebears lived see how they were remembered
When: Daily between dawn and dusk
Where: Toowong Cemetery, 304 Birdwood Terrace, Toowong
Cost: Free (Ghost Tours cost)
3rd headstone on the right...little girl at the headstone...awesome pic
By Anonymous
Saturday, 23rd of March @ 03:29 pm
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