Brisbane Ghost Tour at the Nundah Cemetery Returns

It’s spooking time once again! Visit the historic, said-to-be-haunted Nundah Cemetery, join the ghost tour, and hear true ghost stories and eerie facts that have been part of the local lore.

Historic Australia director, Jack Sim, has long been fascinated by stories of true crimes, ghost tales, and jailbirds. For years, he has preserved numerous details of items and subjects that many would find strange and frightening. And in 1998, he established Ghost Tours Australia which today is considered Brisbane’s longest-running ghost tour organisation.

Jack Sim
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At the Nundah Cemetery, see more than 800 monuments and hear real ghost stories from within the cemetery and of those who have been buried there. The one-hour-guided ghost tour will feature creepy but true stories about the earliest graves, the house by the cemetery, a child ghost, hoodoos, a ghost ship, a medical fraudster, and death by chocolate.

Brisbane Ghost Tours Nundah Cemetery Returns
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And if that is not enough, they might also hear horrible tales of tragedy and crime or even witchcraft and magic that may have been part of the site’s creepy history.

Brisbane Ghost Tours Nundah Cemetery Returns
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Located on Hedley Avenue in Nundah, the heritage-listed Nundah Cemetery was established in 1846 by German Lutheran missionaries. The cemetery was at the time known as German Station Cemetery, after the district’s name, and is believed to have over 4,000 graves today.

Other Brisbane Ghost Tours include Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tour (The Original), Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tour (Other Side), South Brisbane Cemetery Ghost Tour, and Lutwyche Cemetery Haunted History Tour.

To check for availability on the Nundah Cemetery tour, click here.

Nundah Cemetery | 86 Hedley Av, Nundah QLD 4012, Australia

Did You Know that Nundah Cemetery is Queensland’s Oldest Surviving Cemetery?

Popular for hosting a number of ghost tours annually, the historic Nundah Cemetery remains to be an important landmark in the suburb. In fact, it is one of the stops at the Nundah Heritage Trail.

Serving the suburb for more than 170 years, Nundah Historic Cemetery is currently Queensland’s oldest surviving cemetery and the first to be associated with free settlement in Queensland.

History of Nundah Cemetery

A small group of German Lutheran missionaries founded Queensland’s first free settlement, at Zion’s Hill above Kedron Brook in 1838. They named the settlement area German Station which was later changed to Nundah after the Aboriginal name for  ‘water holes’.

German grave in Nundah Historic Cemetery. Photo credit: Kerry Raymond/Wikimedia Commons

The missionaries later established the German Station Cemetery (former name of Nundah Cemetery) in the 1840s. By 1845, only one death had been recorded on site. Unfortunately, several children died the following year, and the cemetery is indicated on an 1846 sketch by missionary Carl Gerler.

None of the wooden crosses marking the earliest graves has survived, but the oldest headstone dates to March 1855. Some of the earlier gravestones in the cemetery have German inscription.

Photo credit: Heritage Branch staff

In 1914, J MacDonald built a small shelter pavilion designed by architect John Henry Burley at the cemetery.

In the 1930s, Brisbane City Council took over the management of the cemetery from the local trustees. Council closed the cemetery by 1963.

Formed in 1982, the Nundah Historic Cemetery Preservation Association helped tend and restore the site in 1982. Following the restoration of the cemetery, it was added to the  Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.

Notable People Buried in Nundah Cemetery

Modern plaque for George and Mary Bridges, founders of the Nundah township, 2005. Photo credit: Kerry Raymond/Wikimedia Commons

Here is a list of the notable residents buried in Nundah Cemetery:

  • George Bridges and wife Mary (née Brightman) – they are the pioneers who developed the Nundah township.
  • Thomas Bridges, Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electorate of Nundah
  • James Dickson, Premier of Queensland and Commonwealth Minister for Defence
  • John McMaster, the “Father of Brisbane”, four-time mayor of Brisbane, member of both the Queensland Legislative Assembly and Queensland Legislative Council