Grave location search and family history | Brisbane City Council

Grave location search and family history

""Brisbane City Council maintains records of people buried or cremated (interments) at our cemeteries and crematoria. These records can be accessed by the public, including people researching their family history and genealogy, through our grave location search tool.

Search tips

To help with your search:

  • search by all or part of the surname
  • sometimes less information in the search parameters is better as most of the information is transcribed from old burial books where the handwriting can be illegible or hard to read (e.g. 'Anderson' may be spelt 'Andersen', so try 'Ander' so all available results are retrieved)
  • try different spellings
  • many people in the 1900's used their middle name as their first name, so try both (separately) or just the surname.

Use our grave location search tool

Locating burial and memorial sites

If your search has returned a result, select the relevant cemetery for advice and information on how to locate the site:

Unable to find record

Unfortunately, not all records are listed due to missing burial registers.

You may choose to order a death certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages. All death certificates show the location of the burial or cremation.

We are able to add the interment to our records if we receive a copy of the death certificate by email.

For more information, visit the Births, deaths, marriages and divorces website

Only records of burials in Brisbane City Council cemeteries are available through the search tool. The following list includes links to websites for many of the private cemeteries and crematoria in South East Queensland as well as those that are managed by other local authorities (not all facilities are listed):

Incorrect or missing data

Not all records are accurate, due to poorly kept records in the 1800's and 1900's, illegible handwriting and missing burial books.

Council is able to amend or add information to the official burial records if confirmation is provided, such as a copy of the death certificate or a photograph of the headstone where information can be clearly read. Please email Cemeteries Administration.

Council is not able to amend or add information to official burial records from information obtained through newspaper clippings or other sources of family history research.

Information in burial records

Council is only able to record the following information in our burial records database:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • date of death
  • age
  • cause of death
  • photograph of headstone or grave (where available):
    • only a small number of graves have been photographed, and the image added to the burial record. For a fee, a Council officer can photograph a grave and send via email. Contact the cemetery to arrange this service.

Information about parents, children or relatives are not recorded in Council's burial records. Throughout the 1800's and 1900's, details of the next of kin were rarely provided to the cemeteries. These days, the next of kin details must be provided. Due to privacy laws, details of the next of kin are not available to the public.

17 May 2018