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Ipswich General Cemetery

Ipswich General Cemetery is a monumental cemetery with historical significance.  Only existing reservations or in some cases a family grave can be used.  Columbarium niches are available for memorialisation of cremated remains.  Ashes can also be inurned into family graves.  


It has been said that a Cemetery is the story of a town written in stone.  In Ipswich Cemetery some headstones record major events such as mine disasters, floods, and war, while others relate the history of their family.

The first recorded burial in this cemetery took place on 20th July 1868, a four year old boy named John Carr.  Of the first nine burials, six were children and as you walk around our cemetery you will notice the high proportion of infant graves.  Statistics show that in 1862 for example, there were 117 deaths in the Ipswich area and 47 of these were children under the age of (5) five; in 1863, there were 146 deaths, 80 of them children.

Children's graves are often marked by figures of lambs and cherubs.  Many other symbols will be seen on graves: Celtic crosses, a gateway opening into heaven, clasped hands of a husband and wife or a broken column.


Ipswich General Cemetery
Corner Warwick Road and Cemetery Road, Ipswich
For Burials, Ashes Placements or Plaque Sales please contact Ipswich Cemeteries on (07) 5464 3145
For cemetery maintenance issues please contact Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666

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More Information

There are a number of products and services available through Ipswich Cemeteries on (07) 5464 3145.  These are outlined with pricing information on the following pages: 

  • Products - Cast bronze plaques, granite headstones and vases etc
  • Services - Reservations of a burial plot or a columbarium niche position  
  • Virtual Tours - Take a tour of the columbarium niches or war graves