Pioneers

The pioneer who put her experiences into verse

You just never know what treasures you might find hidden in the bookshelves of historical collections.

Whilst browsing in the Queensland section of the Cairns & District Family History Society’s library, I came across this article and poem written by my husband’s paternal great grandmother, in a Queensland Pioneer Book. Continue reading

Ghost walks return to life in Cairns

“Ghost walks return to life” in Cairns with Shadows of the Past dramatised evening tours of the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.  The event features 12 stories of the lives and deaths of the Cairns pioneers buried there.  The cast of ghosts floating around and speaking their stories, or the stories of their loved ones, will take the audience back in time.  The performance will be accompanied by the evocative music of Cairns Brass. Continue reading

Cemetery curriculum for Cairns kids

McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery – Student Education Pack

Cairns Regional Council has just released the Student Education Pack for the beautiful heritage-listed McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.

The pack, which consists of Teacher’s Notes and a Student Workbook, was compiled by… Continue reading

Past proves popular

The Cairns Sun – 23 July 2014

The Shadows of the Past night-time cemetery performances hosted by the Cairns & District Family History Society Inc has been completely booked out and a wonderful success again this year!  Actors volunteered their time, and the music was provided by the Cairns Brass Band. The performances were produced by community theatre director, Avril Duck. Continue reading