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Elizabeth Dale

1865 — 31 January 1905

Elizabeth Dale (1‑148‑29)

Prior to 1905, the creek which runs through the Cemetery had been dammed to provide water for flowers and grapes which were grown in Portion 10 and sold to Cemetery visitors. Taps were being installed but before the dam could be emptied it claimed the life of Elizabeth Dale.

On 31 January 1905, on the anniversary of her husband's death, Elizabeth left her Rosalie home with the intention of going to Wynnum for a few days. On the way, she planned to visit her husband's and brother's graves. The next day she was found drowned in the Cemetery's dam.

The inquest noted that Elizabeth was in delicate health, short-sighted and prone to fainting fits. The government analyst found a trace of morphine in her system, which was not surprising as Elizabeth was in the habit of taking Kay's Compound, the key ingredient of which was morphine1.


Elizabeth Dale


beloved wife of
Thomas Dale
died Feb. 1st 1905
aged 40 years
Thy will be done

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This story is from Toowong Cemetery, by Hilda Maclean and Prue Firth, in Toowong: A community's history by West Toowong Community Association Inc.. Used with permission. Links added.

  1. Department of Justice, Inquest into the death of Elizabeth Dale 56/05