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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.