Cherbourg is a town in the South Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. It is located off the Bunya Highway approximately 250 kilometers north-west of Brisbane and 6 kilometers from the town of Murgon. It is situated very close to the dam wall of Bjelke-Petersen Dam. At the 2006 census, Cherbourg had a population of 1,128.

Map showing the location of the Cherbourg Cemetery

The town, formerly known as Barambah, was founded as a settlement for Aborigines in the early 1900s under a policy of segregation being pursued by the Government of Queensland.

Over the years, the policies towards Aboriginals changed from protection to assimilation and eventually participation and a measure of self-government with the passage of the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984. The Act provided for elected community councils who could make recommendations to the Minister for Community Services on matters relating to the progress, development and wellbeing of the people they represented.

In 1931 the settlement’s name was changed to Cherbourg. Cherbourg was regazetted as an Aboriginal Reserve on 20 September 1941. A deed of grant was issued on the 28 August 1986 for an area of 3,130 ha, and giving the council official status.

The Local Government (Community Government Areas) Act 2004 gave Cherbourg formal legal recognition as a local government.

Cherbourg has a population of around 1241 persons, making it Queensland’s third largest Aboriginal community. The town’s main tribal groups are the ‘Wakka Wakka’ people and the ‘Culidy’ people.

The Cherbourg Local council set aside Plot 15 on Collins Road, Cherbourg, QLD 4065, as a burial ground for the residents of its community. This is the Cherbourg Cemetery. It is fully operational and under the control of the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.

The Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Operational Plan 2013/2014 has tabled a development plan for the cemetery that includes identification of grave sites, regular maintenance program and locations for future expansion.

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Operational Plan 2013 - 2014

“Big Shot’ Frank Fisher an Aboriginal Australian professional Rugby league player who died in 1980 has been interred in the Cherbourg Cemetery, and Alpha 1 Memorials have had the great honour of creating and erecting a memorial over his burial place.

Displayed below are images of theHeadstone and Base Cemetery Memorials, Full Single Monument Cemetery Memorials, Full Double Monument Cemetery Memorials, Vault and Mausoleum Cemetery Memorials, created by Alpha 1 Memorials – Monumental Masons Brisbane and erected over burial plots in this cemetery. Click on any image to be taken to a page with full details of that monument.


For more images of all types of Cemetery Memorials created by Alpha 1 Memorials please also visit the pages of: (1) Goodna General, (2) Mount Gravatt, (3) Kalbar General, (4) Logan Reserve, (5) Lutwyche, (6) Toowong, (7) Bulimba, (8) Logan Village, (9) Marburg Trinity Lutheran Church, (10) Ipswich General, (11) South Brisbane (Dutton Park) cemeteries.