GREAT GRAVEYARD SHIFT CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS
Parts of the South Brisbane Cemetery were inundated to a significant depth during the recent floods.
On January 23 the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery (FOSBC) got 100 volunteers together to clean the affected parts of the cemetery in what proved to be the biggest clean-up to ever take place there.
The FOSBC and the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society are now organising the GREAT GRAVEYARD SHIFT to follow up this great work. This will be a community clean-up effort to take place on Clean Up Australia Day (Sunday 6 March). We will be teaming up with local residents and other community groups to get this beautiful and historic place back in shape.
We would be grateful if you could help us promote this event in any way, as we are looking for as many people to turn up as possible and keep the fantastic post-flood community spirit alive!
There will also be a sausage sizzle for all volunteers on the day.
Site Address: Annerley Road, Dutton Park
Meeting Point: At the shed in the centre of the cemetery
Date: March 6th 2011
Start time: 9:30 AM End time: 3:00 PM
Please bring: Shovels, rakes, brooms, wheelbarrows, gloves, insect spray - whatever you can!
Coordinator Details: Tracey Olivieri (FOSBC secretary), email: email@example.com, phone 0401 005430
The Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society paid tribute to the outstanding achievements of Bill and Edna Eddowes and John and Gwen Banks by presenting them with the first-ever BRGHS Honorary Lifetime Memberships. Senator Claire Moore, patron of the BRGHS, was on hand to present them with their certificates at the National Trust House, William Street.
John, Gwen, Edna and Bill were part of the team (along with Maureen and the late Don Walters) that kept the heritage-listed Boggo Road gaol site standing and the museum running during the 1990s and early 2000s. The enormous amount of work that this involved cannot be overestimated. The community spirit of these few volunteers, who not only invested their time but their own money into keeping the site open, inspired the formation of the BRGHS in 2003, and John was the founding president.
Although John, Gwen, Edna and Bill have now retired, the BRGHS is continuing their work and hopes to be a part of the gaol when it reopens in 2010, pending completion of the current redevelopment work around the gaol site.
The membership presentation, in front of a good number of their BRGHS colleagues, proved to be quite an emotional event and the recipients were clearly moved to have their work recognized and see it being continued into the future.