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
- 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