Cooktown General Cemetery is not only the resting place of many of the Cape York Peninsular pioneers but, with good reason, is one of the focal points of interest for tourists in far north Queensland. With headstones dating from 1874, the older area of the cemetery is comprised of Anglican, Catholic, Chinese, Jewish and Presbyterian portions as well as a so-called 'Rebels' Corner'. The more modern section of the cemetery provides general portions designated A to E. The columbarium carries inscriptions dating from 1988.
Those responsible are to be commended for the information that has been generously provided throughout the cemetery on its layout and history as well as the personal stories of a number of persons buried there. The significance and use of the Chinese shrine (see picture above) is also explained. This is a cemetery in which local history has been well preserved and presented and is full of interest. It's no wonder that cemetery tours are well patronised!
Peter and Karen Patterson-Kane visited Cooktown Cemetery during June 2010 and found the site in very neat and tidy condition. They made digital images and notes of all visible inscriptions. Their pictures may be viewed from their list of inscriptions for this cemetery. That list was compiled with reference to the Queensland indices of births, deaths and marriages and to the Australian War Memorial online military rolls for additional information.
From Cooktown, head south on Charlotte Street for 1.0km and turn right into McIvor Road. The cemetery is on the right hand (northern) side of the road. Lat -15.477191 Long 145.241809
For further cemetery information, contact Cook Shire Council, PO Box 3, Cooktown QLD 4895; phone 07 4069 5444; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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