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Quirky's Quirks: Francis Lookout

• Situated in Brisbane’s west, Corinda started out as a small farming community in the 1860s.

• Among the original settlers was the Francis family, who purchased more than 20 acres of land extending along the Brisbane River to where Francis Lookout stands today.

• In 1863, their youngest son, Clement, passed away, and without a public cemetery to bury him, the family set aside one acre of elevated land as a private burial site.

• There are now 10 graves in total, with a rumoured 11th unidentified gravesite on the reserve.

• The five Francis Family graves are situated together surrounded by white hardwood fencing, and represent an important part of Corinda’s past.

• Another prominent feature of Francis Lookout is the historical Lychgate, which forms a dramatic entrance to the burial ground.

• Following the death of her husband, Francis family matriarch Angela Francis, erected the Francis Lookout Lychgate in 1902, naming it ‘Gods Acre’ in honour of her late husband.

• In the 1930s, Brisbane City Council took ownership of the lookout, undertook significant repairs to the cemetery, and officially named Francis Lookout a city landmark.

• Today, the Lookout is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, and is considered an important part of our state’s cultural heritage.

• It is a well-known and well-loved landmark by Corinda locals, and has become a popular spot to enjoy panoramic views of Brisbane, especially towards Mt Coot-tha.

• Francis Lookout plays an important role in illustrating the mid and late 19th century development of the Corinda area as a farming community.

• To learn more about the Francis Lookout, take a leisurely drive to Corinda and enjoy Brisbane from a unique perspective.

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