Cemetery 2930 - Purga Aboriginal

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Purga Aboriginal

Doreen Thompson Memorial

Carmichaels Rd

Purga

QLD

4306

-27.719582

152.751438

Purga Aboriginal Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery at Carmichaels Road, Purga, City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 18 September 2008.
The whole area is one hectare with a smaller portion within the reserve fenced off with a chain wire fence and gate. This fenced off portion has a number of early marble headstones, one dating to 1918. Other graves within the fenced off portion are marked by simple timber crucifixes and low-set concrete headstones. The grave of Aunty Janey Arnold is located in the fenced off portion. A number of graves are located in the larger area of the reserve outside the small fenced portion. These graves are marked in various ways including simple timber crucifixes with small brass plaques and concrete surrounds and more elaborate granite headstones. A timber sign in the south-west corner reads "DOREEN THOMPSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY"
Purga Aboriginal Cemetery is important as a place of ritual and ceremony having a strong association with the Aboriginal community associated with Purga Creek Mission, established in 1914. The cemetery is the resting place for the Aboriginal people from the Purga Creek Mission and their descendants, including Aboriginal people who were moved to Purga Creek from other areas around Queensland, and who are known as "historical" people.

The Purga Aboriginal Cemetery is located approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Ipswich City along the Ipswich-Boonah Road. A signpost at Carmichaels Road (off the Ipswich-Boonah Road) marks the turn-off to the cemetery, following Carmichaels Road approximately one kilometre to a right hand turn and travelling approximately 100 metres (330 ft) to access the cemetery driveway. A recent amenities block has been constructed in the south- west corner of the reserve. This is not considered to be of cultural heritage significance.

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