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Redland Shire, Queensland, Australia
Contributed by Rhonda Demarco, Sep 15, 2008, last edited Oct 03,
Total records = 1,087.
To reach the Cleveland Cemetery from Brisbane head south on the
Riverside Expressway, continue along the Southeast freeway, take
a slight left at Cornwall Street exit, then turn left onto Cornwall
Street. Turn left onto Logan Road, then at 0.2 km continue onto
Montague Street for 0.3km, turn right at Old Cleveland Roadd for
12. 7km. Take a slight right to stay on old Cleveland Road another
4.2km then turn into Funicane Road for another 4.8 km turning onto
Shore Street West at the roundabout. Take the 3rd exit to Wellington
Street then at the roundabout take the 3rd exit into Russell Street.
The first cemetery for this area was built in Lisa Street Cleveland,
then known as Pumpkin Point. The land was very swampy and prevented
diggers from digging proper graves. Stories were told that on
some occasions the coffins had to be held down with poles while
the graves were filled in. There were very few burials in Lisa
Street Cemetery and today a children’s playground has been built
over the remains.
In 1873 a second cemetery, the Cleveland Cemetery, was established
to replace the first, and is still in use today. In 1927 a Lych
gate was built by the Randall family and the cemetery was handed
over to the Cleveland Shire Council in February of that year.
This large cemetery takes up an area from the frontage being
on Russell Street. Clarke Street is the back area which takes
in the very old section, then down to Coburg Street West, the
side of the old section, and then down to Wellington Street where
a lot of the new section has now filled. There is a section at
the front that is the catholic section that I have not yet surveyed,
and will do as time permits.
The Redland City Council is in charge of the cemetery and for
its general upkeep. I found that the cemetery is in well kept
condition and I am led to believe they are still accepting burials.
The listings that I have transcribed so far are not a complete
listing, and there were a number of unmarked graves. I walked
the cemetery on many different occasions starting around September
2001 to September 2008 and diligently wrote all the listings down
personally. To my knowledge I have written the record to the best
of my ability without error. A work in progress
- Rhonda Demarco
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