Cemeteries and Funerals
There are three designated cemeteries in the Longreach Region, located in Longreach, Ilfracombe and Isisford. They are managed and maintained by Council.
For more information, or assistance with burial or funeral arrangements, please contact Council on (07) 4658 4111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1893, the Longreach Cemetery is located along Raven Road on the south-east edge of town. It has three sections:
Monumental – the oldest section and closed to new internments, however Council does honour grave sites that have been previously reserved. Longreach Archival and Historical Research Group have produced an index of burials which can be downloaded here (requires Microsoft Excel).
Lawn - provides a permanent memorial with a plaque placed on the grave at ground level.
Columbarium – located within the lawn section, the columbarium is for the burial of cremated remains. A plaque is placed as a permanent memorial.
Longreach Cemetery is also home to the Iningai Keeping Place – a mausoleum containing the repatriated remains of Iningai people. The Iningai were Aboriginal people who once lived in Central Western Queensland.
Ilfracombe Cemetery is located at the south-west corner of town on Cemetery Road. It has been in use since approximately 1890. A recent addition to the Ilfracombe cemetery is a columbarium – for the burial of cremated remains.
Isisford Cemetery is approximately two kilometres from town. Travel south on St Helena Street for one kilometre to the cemetery lane, from where it is 900m to the cemetery entrance. The cemetery was gazetted in 1895 but inscriptions date from as early as 1881. A shelter erected inside the cemetery displays a list of burials recorded between 1894 and 2007.
Ordering a memorial plaque
Longreach Regional Council can supply and affix memorial plaques. The responsibility of obtaining a plaque rests with the person arranging the funeral. Plaques take approximately eight weeks for completion and placement on the grave. To order a memorial plaque please contact Council. If you wish to order a plaque privately, please contact Council to discuss suitable size and other necessary details.
The dimensions of the niches in the Columbariums to house cremated remains are 150mm wide x 400mm deep. Please ensure the vessel housing the remains will fit within this space.
Council does supply shade structures for burials. If necessary, these can be hired from a number of businesses in the region.
Historical information & locating a grave
If you are searching for a particular grave in the region, please contact Council for assistance.
The Longreach Archival and Historical Research Group has produced a brochure to assist with self-guided tours of the Longreach Cemetery. The brochure is available from the Longreach Visitor Information Centre on Eagle Street. To contact the Research Group call the secretary on (07) 4658 3049 or email email@example.com.
In Ilfracombe and Isisford, some historical information is available at the Council branch offices in those towns. If further information is required, staff can advise you of local historians who may be able to assist.