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Agency ID10622
TitleBrisbane General Cemetery Trust
Agency TypeBoard or Committee
Start Date 7/10/1870
End Date 31/7/1930
Date NotesN/A

Responsibility for establishment and maintenance of Toowong cemetery

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Series IDTitleFromTo
5440Minute Books (Toowong Cemetery) 25/10/1870 27/6/1901
5438Sexton's Order Books (Toowong Cemetery) 1/1/1871 31/12/1914
19295Burials and Portions Registers 1/1/1871 12/8/1917
5433Burial Registers 1/1/1871 31/7/1930
5450General Ledger (Toowong Cemetery) 1/1/1872 31/7/1930
5436Burial Fees Register 3/7/1875 30/12/1891
5449Register of Special Grants (Toowong Cemetery) 10/7/1875 30/7/1943
5432Monumental Plans and Headstone Descriptions (Toowong Cemetery) 1/1/1893 31/12/1908
18861Portion Plans 1/1/1909 27/5/1912
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 7/10/1870 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 31/7/1930
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
247Brisbane City Council II
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Information Sources

A. Lloyd, "Brisbane City Cemeteries: Guide to records of Brisbane City Council Cemeteries", Brisbane, Brisbane City Archives, 1988, p. 19.
Queensland Government Gazette Jan-Dec 1870, vol XI, No 94, p. 1321
Queensland Government Gazette 1930, Vol. CXXXV, No. 27, pp. 333 - 335
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act 1924
Administered Cemetery Act 1865
Alienation of Crown Lands Act 1866
Local Authorities Acts 1902
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The "Cemetery Act 1865", which repealed Section 75 of the "Municipal Institutions Act 1864", gave the Governor-in-Council the power to appoint trustees to hold land in trust for the establishment of a public cemetery.

The first Trustees of the Brisbane General Cemetery Trust were appointed on 7 Oct 1870. The Trust held its inaugural official meeting on 18 Oct 1870. The first honorary Trustees were prominent business and political figures: James Cowlishaw, John Hardgraves, William Pettigrew, Samuel Walker Griffith, George Edmondstone, Alexander Raff, John Petrie (Chairman) , Michael Quinlan and Nathaniel Lade. The first burial was that of Queensland's second Governor Samuel Wensley Blackall on 3 Jan 1871, five years before the cemetery's formal opening in 1875.

The "Local Authorities Act 1902" gave the Governor-in-Council the power to proclaim the Local Authorities as Trustees, assuming the management and control of reserves, cemeteries, parks etc in their areas of control. The act also gave Local Authorities permission to take, erect and construct land or buildings to be used for or in connection with cemeteries (S.62)

Trustees had the power to enclose any land granted and conveyed for cemetery purposes, and were responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery. All rules and regulations, accounts, and notification of the closing of a cemetery were to be published in the Queensland Government Gazette.

The Trust was under the control of the Colonial Secretary (10 Oct 1870 - 6 Aug 1896) and the Home Secretary (6 Aug 1896 - 31 July 1930).

Under the "City of Brisbane Act of 1924" the Brisbane City Council assumed control of all public city cemeteries (established within the city under the "Cemetery Act of 1865"). On 31 July 1930 responsibility for the administration of the Brisbane General Cemetery was formally transferred from the Trust to the Council.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID10622, Brisbane General Cemetery Trust
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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