John Baillie Henderson – “Hydraulic Henderson”

A cockney by birth to Scottish parents, John Baillie Henderson completed his schooling in Scotland before the family emigrated to Australia in 1852. He arrived in Queensland in 1878 when water was not recognised as a public resource. He was appointed Queensland's first Government Hydraulic Engineer in 1883. During his lifetime he earned the title Hydraulic Henderson as his contribution to hydraulic engineering in Queensland was gigantic.


The Friends of Balmoral Cemetery Inc (or FOBC) was established on 28 July 2001, to preserve and enhance Brisbane’s historic Balmoral Cemetery.


Friends of Balmoral Cemetery Inc. are grateful for the assistance of many individuals and organisations for their ongoing support and for some of the information contained in this website:


  • Brisbane City Council, City Cemeteries

  • State Library of Queensland

  • Descendants of those who were laid to rest at Balmoral Cemetery

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