Balmoral Cemetery

Stage Number: MBSH.03.03.13

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Bulimba-Balmoral-Hawthorne-Morningside

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 441 Wynnum Rd. Mornngside

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47086944,153.06481667

Time Link: 1874

Map Link: 1884

Image Time Point: 1884

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Opened 1874. It was originally surveyed for a public park reserve in 1864. In 1869, the Queensland colonial government set aside 55 acres of land for a burial ground to be called the Kangaroo Point Cemetery. It was a hillside site that was well-located at the corner where the main thorougfare of Wynnum Road met Bennett’s Road. As the area was known as Morningside, it became the Morningside Cemetery but it was also commonly known as Bulimba Cemetery. The first interment was in 1874 and one of the cemetery’s early trustees, Frederick Wecker was buried in the highest point, within the grounds. In 1891, the cemetery reserve was reduced in size to just under 15 acres. The lost land was used to create Balmoral Park and the graveyard became known as Balmoral Cemetery. It closed in the 1960s, with over 14,900 graves including Commonwealth War Graves, local politicians and Goanna oil founder Joseph Marconi. Family plot burials are still permitted.


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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 5 chains to the inch. City of Brisbane. 5 chains to the inch. Government Engraving, and Lithographic Office, Brisbane.. 634496