Restoration and Placement of Samuel Seymour Headstone
In 2014, the FQPM completed two significant projects in connection with the first Commissioner of the Queensland Police, David Thompson Seymour. With invaluable assistance from the Metropolitan Police History Collections Group in London, the grave of David Thompson Seymour at Hither Green Cemetery at Lewisham, London was restored and a dedication ceremony held. It was attended by the Agent-General for Queensland, senior Metropolitan Police members and the family members of David Seymour.
The Seymour family grave which the FQPM found in a very dilapidated state located in the Toowong Cemetery was restored after some fine work by our contractors, Brisbane Memorial Care + Repair. The project was suitably concluded with a well-attended unveiling and dedication ceremony.
The Friends of the Toowong Cemetery who made a significant contribution to the Seymour grave project, in particular, the dedication ceremony arrangements, located the headstone of William Anthony Brown former Sheriff of the High Court in Queensland during the course of their annual archaeological dig with students from the Queensland University. On the same headstone, which regrettably has some of the portion missing, was the details of Thomas Seymour the son of David Thompson Seymour, who had been interred with his grandfather. William Anthony Brown and Thomas Seymour were initially buried in the initially buried in the Paddington Cemetery, now Lang Park which is why the headstone ended up at Toowong, together with many others.
The FQPM Management Committee approved the concept of restoring the memorial and obtained an estimate to have the headstone located with the Seymour family grave at Toowong. A quote was obtained from Brisbane Memorial Care + Repair which included fabricating a reinforced off-form concrete