Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society Inc., Toowoomba, December 2009
Graphic design by Helen Hancock
ISBN 1 920776 18 4
Soft cover, 233 pages, A4, includes 129 individual entries, photographs and index.
$5 + $13.40 postage
2009 marked the 150th anniversary of Queensland as a colony, separate from New South Wales. The vision for the Q150 celebrations was ‘reflect on our past, imagine our future’. Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society Inc. received funding to publish this, the first book to record the stories of a small number of the men and women buried in what is literally, the society’s ‘backyard’.
Since the 1980s, the society has amassed a large amount of material relating to the Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery and the people buried there. Past President of the society, Mary Hollis, wrote ‘Situated approximately on the border of Toowoomba and Drayton (which was once a municipality) the cemetery’s original eight acres were surveyed and marked out by James C Burnett in 1850…this land was divided into seven sections…’. Today the cemetery more than doubled the number of sections.