Grave Tales: Brisbane & Great Ocean Road

In cemeteries throughout Australia, gravestones hint at our history – tales of early settlement, unsolved murders, love lost, mystery, tragedy, health epidemics, scandal and sacrifice. Grave Tales reveals more than the headstone can ever convey by tracing the tumultuous journeys that lead to these final resting places.

Grave Tales Brisbane Vol. 1 visits five Brisbane cemeteries and features people who willingly or unwilling, were participants in events that made local and national headlines. They may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now, or unexpectantly came to rest in a Brisbane cemetery.

Meet the train driver who died on the Samford Range with 14 of his passengers; the working girl who caught the Pearl ferry and perished in the river; the Jack the Ripper suspect who had 20 wives, mostly all at once; the only woman ever hanged in Queensland; a boxer who should have been world champ but was a victim of the race card; a soldier who wanted to die with Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant; and more.

Grave Tales – Great Ocean Road Country: Geelong to Port Fairy

This exciting new volume visits established cemeteries and burial places off-the-beaten-track between Geelong and Port Fairy. Meet the ladies of the lighthouse who led an isolated life; the unionist shot in an affray; the stage actor whose career ended too soon; the men who sighted the fabled Mahogany Ship; the two survivors of a shipwreck that everyone wanted to see married, but it wasn’t to be; the inventor of the Ute and what inspired his unusual design; and the lady who rests in a ‘donated’ isolated beach grave; and more.


Journalists, Helen Goltz and Chris Adams have between them spent many decades in the print and electronic media working for network television,  radio, and state and community newspapers. With a joint love of history, digging for a good story and storytelling, they have collaborated to create a series of books that brings our history to life again.

Connect: read more on the Grave Tales website. Connect with the authors on the Grave Tales Facebook page.

Buy the paperback book or a gift card from the Grave Tales shop or the book and ebook from Amazon.

BOOK INFORMATION – available in paperback and ebook
RRP: $25 inc postage in Australia only, if purchased directly from the Grave Tales shop. Also available from Amazon (postage cost determined by Amazon).
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Pages: Brisbane Vol 1. = 294pp, Great Ocean Road Country = 298pp
Publication date: 2017.
Category: Non-fiction, Australiana, history, modern history.
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