Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery at the corner of South Street and Anzac Avenue, Harristown, Queensland, Australia. It was surveyed in May 1850, and is one of the earliest surviving cemeteries in Queensland. The cemetery is large, containing over 45,000 burials. It has been run by the City of Toowoomba, and its successor the Toowoomba Regional Council, since 1974; previously it was run by government-appointed trustees. Many prominent people associated with the Darling Downs are buried in the cemetery, and all sections of the cemetery remain in use. Notable Toowoomba stonemasons R. C. Ziegler & Son, Henry Bailey, Walter Bruce, John H. Wagner and the Bruce Brothers are all associated with monuments within the cemetery.
The cemetery was originally divided into denominational sections, with sections for Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Wesleyans, Congregationalists, Jews and Pagans; the latter two were converted into a cemetery for ex-military personnel around the 1950s, and sections for paupers, stillborn babies and Muslims have also been added. The cemetery reserve was extended between 1870 and 1873, with significant improvements being made to the site in the 1870s as Toowoomba developed as a regional centre. Smaller expansions to the cemetery reserve were made in 1882 and 1906. Three shelter-sheds were built (c. 1930), which survive and are part of the cemetery's heritage listing. The cemetery was again expanded in 1957 following concerns that the existing reserve would soon be fully occupied, but little of this has been utilised.
Regarding further general information on Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery - visit these websites:
- (CWGC) Commonwealth War Grave Commmission - Cemetery; Drayton & (Toowoomba) Cemetery
- (DVA) Department of Veterans Affairs - Commemoration Search / Cemetery or Memorial; (Toowoomba War Cemetery) within Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery
- Toowoomba Regional Council - Cemeteries; Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery
- Toowoomba Regional Council; Deceased Search
- Wikipedia; Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery
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