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God's Acre Historic Cemetery - Grenier's Burial Ground


Established in 1859 by Thomas Gernier as a burial place for his family, it was subsequently used by a number of local families in the district. Gernier left 3 roods of his large property in trust for burial of his family and others. Control of the cemetery passed to the Yerongpilly Shire Council in 1924, and thus to Brisbane City Council in 1925. The cemetery became surrounded by the Archerfield aerodrome from the late 1920s. It is now owned by the Federal Airports Corporation but leased by Brisbane City Council.


  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    for the evidence it provides of 19th century social customs surrounding death, mourning and burial.

  • b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage

    as a rare example of a private burial ground which is possibly the oldest cemetery in Brisbane.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as a local landmark and a picturesque foreground to the Archerfield Airport, featuring tended lawn, gravesites, mature camphor laurel and associated landscaping.

  • g) It has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons

    for its importance to the families of those interred on the site and as a focus for community pride in the social history of the area.

  • h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history

    for its association with the Grenier family who were important early settlers in the district.

Place details
Grenier's Burial Ground
Coopers Plains Cemetery
At Beatty Road , ARCHERFIELD, 4108
Categories: Ritual - Burial
Event(s): Opened in 1859
Period(s): Settlement (1842-1879)
People involved: Association - the Grenier family
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God's Acre Historic Cemetery

(Last updated - 14 Mar 2016)

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NOTE: The purpose of this report is to provide a general reference source of information about the main historical and descriptive features that contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage place. It is based on available evidence and may be re-assessed if further information becomes available. It is NOT an official report and does not in any way replace the official Heritage Register entry, which can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner should undertake a thorough conservation study of the heritage place before any action is taken which may affect its significance as a heritage listed place. For further information please phone Council on 3403 8888.

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