I have visited the Tingalpa Pioneers Chapel and Cemetary before. I did have contact some years ago with some of the members of the group that, as volunteers keep the property in good nick.
The history is fascinating. I am one that will walk around a cemetery and read the headstones and ponder the challenging lives our early pioneers endured. It is hard to see so many children, often in the one family who have died when there were extremely young.
One story that I found very interesting was the plaque on Richard Thomas Jefferies’ grave site.
When I checked on the Internet I found more information about this man, who is, according to the plaque “the father of music in Brisbane”. You can find the following information and more at the Australian Dictionary of Biography here.
“Richard Thomas Jefferies (1841-1920), musician, was born on 2 November 1841 at Hoxton, Middlesex, England, son of Alfred Thomas Jefferies, embosser, and his wife Anne, née Walters. Seven years a chorister at Lincoln’s Inn Chapel under Alfred Novello, he was educated at the school conducted jointly by the chapel and the choir of the Temple Church. He later studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music with William Watson and, while still very young, became choirmaster at the Alhambra Music Hall. A violinist in leading London orchestras, he formed and conducted the Saturday Orchestral Union about 1870. Concerts conducted by him at the Queen’s Concert Rooms, Hanover Square, and the Music Hall in Store Street received favourable reviews.”
There’s more information here at Trove.
When I was there today, the church was not open – in fact I was the only human on the property. It was closed but I was able to open the gate and go in to take the photos.
The chapel is available for weddings. Check here for information.
More interesting history – and it is all around us, if only we look, read and explore.