In preparation for the start of tunnelling on Brisbane City Council's Legacy Way project, Transcity, the contractor building the tunnel, undertook gravestone conservation activities in the Toowong Cemetery in August 2012.
Conservation activities were undertaken to protect approximately 120 gravestones identified as extremely dilapidated and structurally unsound due to their age and existing condition. These gravestones are located in portions 1, 2, 2A, 5, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 24 of Toowong Cemetery.
All conservation works were undertaken by qualified stonemasons under the direction of heritage experts and in consultation with the Friends of Toowong Cemetery. All the required work has been completed.
To find out more about these works and for a list of affected gravestones, visit the Legacy Way website.
The Toowong Cemetery is a Brisbane icon and was once the city's main cemetery. It is located on the slopes of Mount Coot-tha in Brisbane's inner western suburbs, bordering Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Brisbane Forest Park.
While the Toowong Cemetery was officially opened in 1875, some burials took place from 1871, most notably Queensland's second governor, Colonel Samuel Blackall.
The cemetery features a number of cultural areas, historical trails and memorials. Community groups are working with Brisbane City Council to maintain and improve the cemetery's condition.
There are new burial sites and ash memorial areas available at Toowong. Families with loved ones buried in the cemetery can always bury ashes within existing graves.
Available burial sites are:
- monumental burial sites
- interments within existing family graves
Available ash memorials are:
- columbarium walls
- ashes interred in specifically designed monumental chambers
- ashes interment in family graves
The Toowong Cemetery is located on the corner of Frederick Street and Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong.
Office hours are:
- Monday to Friday: 8am to midday
- Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am to 2.30pm
- Public holidays: closed
For more information phone:
- Brisbane City Cemeteries on 07 3407 8128
- Toowong Cemetery on 07 3403 2587