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A memorial, erected over the grave, commemorates C. F. A. Schirmeister, a minister of the Spring Hill Lutheran Church who died in 1887. 

The many friends of the Rev. C.F.A. Schirmeister will regret to learn of his demise, which occurred on Saturday morning at a quarter 10 o'clock. The rev. gentleman had been ailing for over twelve months, but took to his bed last Saturday week, and expired peacefully after a heavy illness. He was born on the 22nd July, 1814, at Newstadt Eberswalde, in Prussia, studied at the University of Halle, and was one of the missionaries sent out by the Rev. J. Goszner. He landed at the Chatham Islands in 1812, where he laboured until 1857, in which year, on account of ill-health, he left for Australia. He resided in Sydney for some little time, after which he sailed to Moreton Bay. During his thirty years' residence in Queensland, Mr. Schirmeister founded many congregations (amongst others those at German Station, Toowoomba, and Ipswich), but has always held the pastorate of the Lutheran Wickham-terrace, and has been the president of the Lutheran Synod since its establishment.
The Queenslander (Brisbane), 15 October 1887.​

FIFTY YEARS AGO (From the "Courier" files, Monday, June 11, 1888.) :
The Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce has made a strong protest to the Governor, of that settlement about Australia's policy towards the Chinese. 
An effort is to be made by the Acclimatisation Society to introduce the celebrated Mitchell grass in the south coast districts of Queensland.
A memorial to the late Rev. C. F, A. Schirmeister, for 30 years pastor of the Lutheran Church, Brisbane, was unveiled yesterday at Toowong.
The Courier Mail (Brisbane), 13 June 1938. 


Address:Frederick Street, Portion 13 Section 25 Grave 6, Toowong Cemetery, Toowong, 4066
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.4775
Long: 152.984444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 10th June, 1888
Front Inscription

Hiep Ruhet in Gott

(Inscription in German)

Ich bin die Auferstehung und
das Leben.  Wer an Mich glaubet
Der wird leben ob er gleich sturbe.
Ev. Joh. 11. 25

(Lower Plaque) 

Erected to his beloved memory by the Congregation and friends

Source: MA
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