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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 and ashes can also be inurned in 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 families.
  • The first recorded burial in this cemetery took place on 20 July 1868, a four-year-old boy named John Carr.
  • Of the first nine burials, six were children and as you walk around the 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 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
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Further information

  • Watch a virtual tour of Ipswich General Cemetery
  • Burials, ashes placements or plaque sales: Ipswich Cemeteries on (07) 5464 3145
  • Cemetery maintenance issues: Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666