Some people might think it is odd to spend time in the cemetery, but in our travels, we have met many people who, like us, enjoy the history, solitude, and beauty of these resting places.

We hope you find these tales as fascinating as we do. The series will travel Australia providing ‘nomads’ the chance to explore our history on their travels. We welcome your suggestions of great graves and tales and these can be submitted and shared on our website or Facebook page.

We have taken great care to be respectful to the people featured in Grave Tales in the telling of their life stories, and to any living descendants. Our intent is to save our history and share the tales of the many lives that have gone before us.

Grave Tales: Brisbane contains stories about major Brisbane events and the affected people buried in The Brisbane General Cemetery (Toowong), Lutwyche Cemetery, Lutwyche Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, South Brisbane Cemetery (Dutton Park), Balmoral Cemetery and God’s Acre (Archerfield).

This is a history that tells of the everyday people of Brisbane who lived in the same suburbs, even the same houses as exist now. If you live in Brisbane they may have resided in your street. For us, it is a case of just around the corner. One of the women who did not survive the Camp Mountain train crash, about which you will read in Grave Tales Brisbane Vol. 1, lived in the very next street to ours.

Some of our featured people never lived in Brisbane but by some twist of fate and circumstance, found themselves resting here forever.

Grave Tales: Great Ocean Road Country – Geelong to Port Fairy

This volume visits established cemeteries and burial places off-the-beaten-track to feature people who came to rest between Geelong and Port Fairy.

Meet the ladies of the lighthouse who led an isolated life; the unionist shot in an affray; the stage actor whose career ended too soon; the men who sighted the fabled Mahogany Ship; the two survivors of a shipwreck that everyone wanted to see married, but it wasn’t to be; the inventor of the Ute and what inspired his unusual design; and the lady who rests in a ‘donated’ isolated beach grave.

These are just some of the stories from the grave in the second book in the Grave Tales series incorporating Geelong, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, Loch Ard Gorge, Warrnambool, Tower Hill and Port Fairy.

 

We look forward to catching up with you on the road, and our sincere thanks to the contributors who helped our journey to capture and tell these fascinating stories.