A PILOT program at Tallegalla Cemetery has improved the visibility, safety and future maintenance of 10 graves. The $6500 project carried out by Ipswich City Council and Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke included the retrofitting of a lawn beam to graves along Row 21 of the historic cemetery. Concrete desks were also fitted at no cost to families, offering an improved viewing angle and two spaces for memorial items.
“Land for Tallegalla Cemetery was originally surveyed in 1876 after being donated by Rosewood pioneer Charles Freeman,” Cr Pahlke said. “It was originally named Walloon Cemetery but by 1886 was known as Rosewood General Cemetery. In 1902 it was renamed Rosewood Cemetery, becoming Tallegalla Cemetery in 1920. “Mr Freeman was buried at the cemetery in 1925, followed by his wife Mary in 1927. Some of the couple’s 11 children and many of Mr Freeman’s descendants now share the same burial ground.”
Health and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the project had been a great success. “The Tallegalla Lawn Beam Project has significantly improved the overall look of the cemetery,” Cr Antoniolli said. “It is a great benefit to families and friends who visit the cemetery to pay respect to their loved ones. “The 10 graves have been fitted with large, stable bases for family plaques and memorials.” Cr Antoniolli said the program was a fitting tribute to the members of the community who were buried at Tallegalla. “The concrete beams and desks dramatically lower the risk of causing lasting damage to grave plaques through mower strike and the pooling of water,” he said.
“The retrofitting process provides increased peace of mind for families who remember loved ones at Tallegalla, while improving conditions for cemetery grounds staff. “It will also help to limit sinkage of headstones and plaques into the soil, which is a common occurrence at lawn cemeteries.” Cr Antoniolli said the ongoing direction would focus on the continuation of the Lawn Beam Project along with improvements to internal cemetery roads.