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Cleveland Cemetery
Redland Shire, Queensland, Australia

Contributed by Rhonda Demarco, Sep 15, 2008, last edited Oct 03, 2008 [deminc@optusnet.com.au]. Total records = 1,087.

To reach the Cleveland Cemetery from Brisbane head south on the Riverside Expressway, continue along the Southeast freeway, take a slight left at Cornwall Street exit, then turn left onto Cornwall Street. Turn left onto Logan Road, then at 0.2 km continue onto Montague Street for 0.3km, turn right at Old Cleveland Roadd for 12. 7km. Take a slight right to stay on old Cleveland Road another 4.2km then turn into Funicane Road for another 4.8 km turning onto Shore Street West at the roundabout. Take the 3rd exit to Wellington Street then at the roundabout take the 3rd exit into Russell Street.

The first cemetery for this area was built in Lisa Street Cleveland, then known as Pumpkin Point. The land was very swampy and prevented diggers from digging proper graves. Stories were told that on some occasions the coffins had to be held down with poles while the graves were filled in. There were very few burials in Lisa Street Cemetery and today a children’s playground has been built over the remains.

In 1873 a second cemetery, the Cleveland Cemetery, was established to replace the first, and is still in use today. In 1927 a Lych gate was built by the Randall family and the cemetery was handed over to the Cleveland Shire Council in February of that year.

This large cemetery takes up an area from the frontage being on Russell Street. Clarke Street is the back area which takes in the very old section, then down to Coburg Street West, the side of the old section, and then down to Wellington Street where a lot of the new section has now filled. There is a section at the front that is the catholic section that I have not yet surveyed, and will do as time permits.

The Redland City Council is in charge of the cemetery and for its general upkeep. I found that the cemetery is in well kept condition and I am led to believe they are still accepting burials.

The listings that I have transcribed so far are not a complete listing, and there were a number of unmarked graves. I walked the cemetery on many different occasions starting around September 2001 to September 2008 and diligently wrote all the listings down personally. To my knowledge I have written the record to the best of my ability without error. A work in progress

- Rhonda Demarco

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