Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Family Mystery Ends; but Crypt's Future Is a Point of Contention

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Family Mystery Ends; but Crypt's Future Is a Point of Contention

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Byline: Hayden Johnson hayden.johnson@qt.com.au

THE descendants of a politician located in a rare underground crypt in Ipswich are reluctant to support its excavation, but grateful their family mystery has been solved.

Located at the cemetery under several metres of dirt is the crypt of Joseph Fleming -- one of Queensland's first politicians.

After Mr Fleming's death in 1891, a significant vault was built for him and wife Phoebe.

Documents and recent investigations by the council solved a mystery that affected Mr Fleming's family for decades; the location of his burial.

About 126 years since Mr Fleming's body was put in the crypt, Narelle Radunt sits at the timber table of her Tivoli home, reflecting on the life of her great-great uncle.

"Nobody actually knew where he was buried and my father thought he was buried at Pine Mountain so they went out there and did a good search but couldn't find anything," she said.

"We're grateful, all the family because we're Australia-wide, that someone has actually found him and her at last. …

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