(Brisbane General Cemetery)

304 Birdwood Terrace, Toowong, QL

61 (07) 3403 2587

Status: Historical Cemetery


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Paddington Cemetery - Brisbane's original cemetery - was located close to the Brisbane City near the northern end of the William Jolly Bridge. It was bounded by Skew Street, Saul Street, Eagle Terrace and Upper Roma Street.

As Brisbane expanded due to its opening to a free settlement in 1842, growth was such that the cemetery was eventually surrounded by residential properties. The cemetery was moved to twenty-five hectares of land between Milton Road, Hale Street, Sweetman Street and Dowse Street and was situated on the current site of Suncorp Stadium.

In 1861 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land was set aside for a new cemetery at Toowong. In 1870 a Cemetery Trust was established with trustees James Cowlishaw, John Hardgrave, William Pettigrew, Samuel Griffith, George Edmonstone, Alexander Raff, John Petrie (Chairman), Michael Quinlan and Nathaniel Lade the trustees to search for alternative sites as the Toowong site was considered by some as inappropriate.

Colonel Samuel Blackall, Queensland's second Governor, had been a supporter of the Toowong site and, in his ill health, indicated his desire to be buried there. This was done when he was buried on the highest knoll on 3 January 1871.

Even though Blackall had been buried; the search for an alternate site continued. The search was unsuccessful however and the Toowong site was eventually was accepted as the final location. Six more burials would be performed here before the official opening of the Cemetery in 1875.

In April 1975 the Cemetery was full with all plots having been sold. The Cemetery was closed to new burials except for family graves.

The Brisbane City Council started a project to remove hundreds of worn, forgotten headstones in the three major city cemeteries. Old, neglected monuments were removed from Toowong, Lutwyche and South Brisbane cemeteries and trees and shrubs planted. The long-term aim of the scheme was to return the cemeteries to open space with a parkland atmosphere. It is thought approximately 1,000 memorials were removed from Toowong.

The Cemetery was reopened for further burials in 1998 with approximately 450 plots available for sale.

Currently, the Cemetery is a popular place for joggers and dog walkers, with its over-hanging fig trees and winding pathways.

It has also earned a reputation for being haunted. Brisbane Ghost Tours conduct regular guided tours through the grounds of the cemetery on Saturday nights.

Jack The Ripper

In August of 2008 Toowong Cemetery made world news with the revelation that Jack the Ripper may well be buried there. According to Queensland Historians Jack Sim and Paul Tully, Walter Thomas Porriott was in the Whitechapel area of London at the time of the murders and later migrated to Australia. The headstone over his grave is only engraved with "Bessie - Died 25th June 1957 - And her Husband".


Paranormal Activity

Toowong Cemetery is one of the biggest and most beautiful in Brisbane. Unfortunately, due to its location near a main road it is also a rather loud and restless environment.

There are many rumors regarding the hauntings and occurrences in the cemetery, however most are just that - rumors. There is a definite vibe to the place; there is very strong energy there and sometimes strong feelings of sadness can be picked up on.

The only commonplace rumor of any violent or physical manifestations in the cemetery involves one of the crypts right near the main entrance. People have claimed to hear objects being thrown around and ‘voices’ yelling.

Otherwise, it is simply a beautiful cemetery that has unfortunately became victim of vandalism and ridiculous stories. It is just a resting place with strong energies and emotions tied to it.