Suggested Reading

7th of November 2014

Suggested Reading

A number of books have recently been released which may be of interest to readers.

In Heavenly Garb

An interesting book for those who would like to explore the hidden meaning behind the symbols on the historic headstones of the Ipswich General Cemetery has recently been released.

"In Heavenly Garb - The headstones of Ipswich General Cemetery" details the decorative variety of the various headstones found in the Ipswich General Cemetery.

Not only does the book provide a fascinating insight into the meanings and reasonings behind the various embellishments included on headstones, but it also includes a brief history of the Ipswich General Cemetery.

The following is an extract from the book:-

The rose, symbolising love, is a versatile grave symbol and is widely used. It is associated with the Virgin Mary, the 'rose without thorns'.

Rosebuds joining represent a strong bond between two people, such as a mother and child who died at the same time. A wreath of roses indicates beauty and virtue rewarded, and a rosette symbolises messianic hope.....

The growth stage of the headstone rose indicates how old the person was at the time of death; a bud usually denotes a young child; a rose in partial bloom is normally a teenager; full bloom usually indicates that the deceased was in their early/mid twenties, and so died in the prime of life.

The rose is also the national flower of England, and as such can also be used to denote nationality on a headstone.

"In Heavenly Garb - The headstones of Ipswich General Cemetery" can be purchased from the State Library or by emailing

120 Years:  Our Stories: Our Memories

Historian, Margaret Cook has written many publications which would be of interest to any history enthusiast. Margaret has added 3 new publications to her collection.

The first book titled "120 Years: Our Stories | Our Memories" is co-edited with Helen Pullar and Joan Meecham and is a compilation of stories and memories of Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, over the 120 years of the School's history.

The book contains 194 stories and 150 images, organised by decades, contributed by 140 past students and teachers. Each story is different and captures the essence of the School at the time, providing a valuable contribution to the social history of IGGS and Ipswich.

From Inkwell to iPad

The second book entitled "From Inkwell to iPad" was written to celebrate the centenary of St Joseph's School at North Ipswich.

The book documents the hard work of the Sisters of Mercy who established the School in rudimentary facilities in Albert Street, North Ipswich.

It also details the School's move to Pine Mountain Road and its subsequent expansion, recognising the achievements of a proud community who made this possible.

Learning by Doing - A History of Ipswich Kindergarten

The third book written by Margaret Cook titled "Learning by Doing – A history of Ipswich Kindergarten" captures the 75 year history of Ipswich Kindergarten, from its establishment by Olive Hancock to the present day.

It includes many photographs and memories and highlights the educational contribution this community kindergarten has made to the young people of Ipswich since 1937.

For further information about these books or any other publications, visit Maragaret Cook's website.

The Thorns of Ipswich:  George and Jane - A Pioneering Family who arrived in Limestone in 1839

This book is written by Margaret Nicol and highlights the legacy of the Thorn Family and Ipswich.

This book can be downloaded for free from Council's website.