Moreton Bay Penal Settlement cemetery site )

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.07

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: 18 Eagle Tce, Skew St & Saul St road reserves, Brisbane City

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46697222,153.01475

Time Link: 1825

Map Link: 1854

Image Time Point: 1854

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Moreton Bay Penal Settlement cemetery site ) was opened in c1825. It held over 200 convict and British military graves, when the penal colony closed in 1842. Free setters abandoned the cemetery to open their Paddington Cemetery (now Lang Park) in 1843.. The cemetery was left to rot with headstones, other markers and fencing pilfered, as Brisbane’s free settlers tried to eradicate ‘the convict stain’ from the town’s past. By 1875, Skew Street had been run through this site and it had been subdivided for land sales. This cemetery site is marked by a map plaque in E.E. McCormick Place park.


Department of Enviroment & Heritage Protection, Qld Heritage Register citation No.645609

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QSA. QSA Series ID 4314, Survey Plans, Charts and Maps of Moreton Bay Settlement and Queensland. 4 chains to the inch. Plan shewing the alignment of . streets in North and South Brisbane, ca 1854. 4 chains to an inch. 714424