Toowong Cemetery Archaeological Digs
Friends of Toowong Cemetery, in conjunction with The University of Queensland School of Social Science, have been searching for buried headstones in the cemetery grounds since 2006. The annual archaeology dig is a chance to unearth Brisbane's history.
Toowong Cemetery Archaeological Dig 2023
Our 2023 Archaeological Dig uncovered more of Brisbane's history finding headstones from the North Brisbane Burial Grounds.
Where did the buried headstones come from?
The headstones discovered in Toowong Cemetery Archaeological digs are believed to come from two sources:
- Headstones from the Paddington Cemetery Reserved Area dumped in Toowong Cemetery in the 1930's
- Headstones from Toowong Cemetery destroyed and buried in the 1970's as part of the Brisbane City Council's 'Beautification Scheme'
Archaeologist Dr. Jon Prangell from The University of Queensland, and member of Friends of Toowong Cemetery, explains to Radio Station 4BC how the city’s forgotten headstones are being rediscovered.
Headstones uncovered in Toowong Cemetery
Many headstones have been found in Toowong Cemetery Archaeological digs. See photos of our discoveries on Facebook.
Headstones discovered in Toowong Cemetery Archaeological digs
Finding Thomas Mowbray
Mr. Mowbray was a prominent police magistrate in Brisbane. His headstone was removed as part of the 'Beautification Scheme', and discovered in 2011 as part of the Toowong Cemetery Archaeological digs. The headstone was reinstated in its original location.