Now 150, South Brisbane Cemetery Hosts Belated Anniversary Event

South Brisbane Cemetery
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Better late than never! South Brisbane Cemetery will celebrate its 150th anniversary one year late, with a special “150+1” commemoration, complete with displays, demos, and guided tours — all FREE.

After the cancellation of the South Brisbane Cemetery’s true 150-year anniversary in 2020 due to COVID-19, the special “150+1” event will be held at the cemetery on the 8th of May. 

Two public history talks will top-bill the event and are sure to generate much public interest: “History of the Cemetery” and “Headstone Detective.” These talks will be primarily dedicated to researchers interested in learning more about the cemetery, the people buried in it, as well as its rich history. 

A stall dedicated to historical books and photographs will be available to the public. There will also be a variety of self-guided tours that acquaints visitors with the park and how to navigate it while simultaneously teaching them about particular gravestones and the people buried below them. 

Food and drink stalls will also be available at the cemetery during its 151st anniversary, along with interactive demos that allow participants to learn how to clean headstones properly. Those interested will also be able to learn more about their family’s history and locate specific graves.

The South Brisbane Cemetery can be found at 185 Annerley Rd, Dutton Park, open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. The special 151st anniversary will be held on the 8th of May from the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entry will be free of charge, and those interested in learning more about the cemetery or the anniversary can visit their website here.