Background

Council is re-designing and beautifying the oldest section of the Ipswich General Cemetery. This area was cleared in the 1970s by the Cemetery Trustees. Headstones were moved and some were destroyed during this clean-up. This project will re-locate the headstones that remain and acknowledge the legacy of those buried in the area, but not identified.

Council would like to connect with the descendants of anyone known to be buried in this section - early European settlers and First Nations People - to ensure that your ancestors are acknowledged respectfully. The stories of these people and families are important for us to discover in piecing together Ipswich’s history.

Many thanks to the Ipswich Genealogical Society, and Picture Ipswich for providing information and images for this project.


Project History

Ipswich General Cemetery was the first cemetery in Ipswich, dating back to the mid 1840s. The north eastern area of the cemetery contains the earliest graves and the original cemetery reserve lies in this vicinity. Burials in this area were organised into cultural and religious groups, including the First Nations people of this region. Unfortunately. there are limited records of the burials at this time. Many headstones were destroyed or moved in a cemetery clean up by the cemetery trustees in the 1970s.

This project aim is to re-design the north-eastern section of the cemetery in a way that beautifies the area, respectfully acknowledges those laid to rest on this site.The intent is to not disturb the actual burial sites, but work in the spaces known to exist between rows.

The stories of these people and families are important for us to discover, as they help us piece together the cultural history of Ipswich. Council is now working with an external consultancy team to develop a conceptual design for the area (outlined below in red) that will re-house and integrate the existing memorials into a new landscape and also consider providing new inurnment opportunities for cremated remains.

We would like to connect with the descendants of anyone known to be buried in this section, to ensure that your ancestors are acknowledged respectfully.

Early surveys of Ipswich General Cemetery

These images show the location of the cemetery over time

Are you related to these families?

Records of burials in the area defined for re-design are limited. However, we do have some information on the families identified on headstones that were re-located in the 1970's. Below are some photographs of some of these people or their descendants (courtesy of Picture Ipswich). Transcripts of the headstone inscriptions are in the document library. If you are related to any of these people, please connect with council by completing the form below.

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