I is for Ipswich

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Ipswich General Cemetery, Ipswich, Queensland

In the early days of the free settlement of Queensland, it was thought for a while that Ipswich may become the main city or capital of the new colony. That didn’t come to pass but Ipswich remained a pivotal places in those early days. Any immigrants taking up work on the sheep stations further west were brought up to Ipswich by river, then transferred to drays or similar to travel west. Many families whose immigrant ancestors arrived in the mid-19th century have links to the town. My Kunkel family was there for about ten years before moving west with the construction of the railway. My Melvin ancestor settled there as well before moving to Charters Towers. However, my Kent and Partridge families settled, lived and died there.

Unfortunately like many others of that first generation, money wasn’t always ready to hand and none of my first immigrant Kent or Partridge ancestors have gravestones. As with many others, the specific plots are also not known. There are also descendants and relatives buried there.

Buried in this cemetery with no gravestone and no identified plot are:

Richard Kent, my 3xgreat grandfather and his wife, Mary Camp.

William Partridge and his wife, Hannah nee Kent, my maternal 2xgreat grandparents.

The City of Ipswich has recently launched an online search facility for burials in cemeteries in the region including the Ipswich General Cemetery. You can find it here: https://ipswich.discovereverafter.com/

Meanwhile I’ll offer some images of graves I photographed many years ago, again with a focus on the Irish.

As best I can tell these O’Briens are not related to my Mary O’Brien though they had close connections over the years. Daniel and Winifred O’Brien arrived on the Florentia in 1852. I wrote about them here on my blog: https://cassmobfamilyhistory.com/2013/01/27/sepia-saturday-shops-and-genealogy-mazes/
I’m particularly taken with this gravestone for Owen BURNS and his wife Hannah. Not only does if tell us that he is from Yard Field Co Clare, but also lived at Helidon in the Colony of Queensland. I had to check I hadn’t made a mistake but he is buried in Ipswich.
Michael RYAN native of Co Clare and his wife Hannah and daughter Johanna.

The graves of Jane and Bridget DURACK, infants, and John DURACK who was speared near the Ord River in Western Australia. He was the son of Patrick (Patsy) DURACK of Kings in Grass Castles fame. Patsy was also a Clare man.
A report of John Durack’s murder in the Queenslander newspaper 18 December 1886. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19809951
I thought this was an interesting stone representing three adult sisters.
Johanna BURKE widow of Edmund BURKE and mother-in-law of James PORTLEY. Native of Pallas Green (?), Limerick
James QUINN of Kilfenora, Co Clare and his wife Catherine.
Catherine McGRATH, wife of John McGarth, born 6 Jan 1829 in Kilrush, Co Clare.
James QUINN born Kilfenora Co Clare and his wife Catherine Quinn.
The gravestone for James GALLIGAN died 1919, also mentions John, killed in Palestine and Isidore, killed in France during WWI. It isn’t uncommon to find mentions of family members killed in action given that family didn’t see their graves (assuming they had any).

You can see how important it is to visit family cemeteries, with your fingers firmly crossed, hoping they tell you more about your ancestor.

14 thoughts on “I is for Ipswich

  1. Hi Cassmob

    The early history of Ipswich is fascinating. My father’s family (Phil Cullen of Cullen/Green-McGrath/Moroney combination) have early ties to Ipswich. The McGrath side are ex. Rossmore, Clogher par, Co. Tipp. Dad’s grandfather’s half-brother, James McGrath, married Mary O’Brien, a d/o Daniel & Winnifred O’Brien (headstone in the first image). His great-grandfather, Thomas Moroney (Bodyke, Co. Clare), bought James Portley’s Travellers Inn at Narda lagoon circa 1862 (the old Laidley township). The Moroney’s are buried in Laidley Cemetery. Dad compiled copious information on his family and Ipswich, which came to reside with me on his demise.



  2. I love finding stones that list the married or other family relationship, such as your O’Brien stone here. So helpful with connecting family lines. Sad to see that memorial in pieces, though. I have found some tipped stones in my travels, but been relieved to find them righted on subsequent visits.

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      1. Very true. I once priced a repair for a collateral relative — very costly. Fortunately, next time I visited the cemetery, the town had taken care of it.

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