05 December 2011

Brisbane's Lost Plague Cemetery

This story can be read at the 'South Brisbane Cemetery' website.

Destroyed rats, Brisbane, circa 1900-02. (John Oxley Library)
Destroyed rats, Brisbane, circa 1900-02. (John Oxley Library)

7 comments:

  1. Hi Chris. Great story. I am interested in the Bulimba Region. I read the island was a lot larger than it is today it was hacked up a bit to allow the river to flow better. The aquariun as far as i can make out was on the river bank and was washed away in one of the 1893 floods. There is comment about and a "Queenslander" picture of the plague hospital in a book I was reading "Beginnings and Endings " from the Hemmant Historical Society. Regards BDHSinc

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  2. Thanks Norm, I'll look out for that publication.

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  3. And there is of course this follow-up story here: http://boggoroad.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/tigers-roller-coasters-special-effects.html

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  4. Cheers mate, I work at Incitec Pivot Fertilisers at the end of Paringa Road on Gibson Island and thought I check up on the history. Rumors at work said it was Lepers from St Helena that got buried there, but wow, the plague! Interesting!

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    1. Rumours, rumours. They weren't too far off though, Chris.

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    2. Chris I also worked at Incitec Pivot, and if you remember you would have been informed during your Induction that Gibson Island was once a Cemetery and those that died during the Plague were buried here.

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    3. Hi Chris, I also worked at Incitec Pivot, and if you remember during your Induction, you would have been informed that Incitec was once a Cemetary to those who died during the Plague in the 1900's

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