Chinchilla Pioneer Cemetery
The Chinchilla Pioneer Cemetery on the Warrego Highway, opposite the Tourist Information Centre the first cemetery established in Chinchilla. The interments at the Chinchilla Pioneer Cemetery date back to the late 1980's, with many occurring during the early 1900s. the earliest recorded interment dates from 1892, however earlier, unmarked interments are likely, considering the town was established fifteen years earlier, in 1877 when the railway line reached Chinchilla. The cemetery was managed by trustees until the Chinchilla Shire Council assumed responsibility in 1921.
A small rectangular section on the southeast corner, delineated from the cemetery by trees, contains a memorial to Ludwig Leichhardt and Charley Fisher, his First Nations tracker and guide. Located at the entrance is a timber sign reading ‘PIONEER CEMETERY’. Two interpretive panels provide information about symbolism represented in the grave ornaments in the Chinchilla Pioneer Cemetery and there is also a layout map.
The cemetery is divided into denominational sections and the graves are arranged in rows. Most grave sites are surrounded by a concrete border and covered with a concrete plate. Other grave sites incorporate wrought iron and timber fencing. Headstones include mounted tablets, stelae, a variety of crosses and some more elaborate monuments. It can be reasonably assumed that the cemetery contains unmarked graves.
The Chinchilla Pioneer Cemetery is no longer open for interments.
Chinchilla Monumental Cemetery
In the years 1939/40, the Chinchilla Shire Council purchased a block of land two kilometres northeast of the town for a new cemetery, surveyed to accommodate areas for different religions. The Chinchilla Monumental Cemetery was officially opened in March 1941.
At the entrance to the Catholic section of the cemetery, green double steel gates were erected, in memory of Nurse Hannah Fitzgerald, the first person interred in the Catholic Section. A plaque is attached to the gates framework stating “These gates erected in memory of Nurse Hannah Fitzgerald. 1861-1943”. A small section adjacent to the gate and extending along the boundary is delineated by a metal post and chain fence, a metal plaque placed by the Chinchilla Shire Council informs that this section is believed to be the burial ground of the early settlers of the Mizpah district and states their names.
The graves in the cemetery are arranged in rows the vast majority, marked by a variety of monumental memorials, some with ornamental corner elements and covered with a concrete plate, some decorated with tiles, granite slabs or gravel. Headstones include mounted tablets, stelae, and crosses, including some timber crosses.
A columbarium wall was built on the right-hand side of the main gates to this cemetery and provides 80 niches for the interment of ashes. A second, complimentary columbarium wall was later constructed to the left-hand side of the gates, containing an additional 80 niches.
The Chinchilla Monumental Cemetery is open for interments.
Chinchilla Monumental Cemetery Map(PDF, 99KB)
Tanderra Lawn Cemetery
On Saturday 28 June 1976, the Minister for Primary Industries and the Member for Condamine, Hon VB Sullivan MLA, performed the official opening of the Tanderra Lawn Cemetery, with the blessing of the cemetery being undertaken by Father K Costigan.
The first interment in this cemetery was held on 23 January 1977. After interments commenced in the Tanderra Lawn Cemetery,interments continued in both the monumental and the lawn cemeteries.. The Tanderra Lawn Cemetery incorporates two columbarium walls.
In 2016, a dedicated children’s section, known as the Garden of Angels, was opened.
Contributions from the Lions Club of Chinchilla were pivotal in the development and opening of Tanderra Lawn Cemetery.
The Tanderra Lawn Cemetery is open for interments.