Double commemoration at Herberton Cemetery

In November 2014, I was lucky enough to attend a very special commemorative evening held in Herberton, North Queensland – my home town.

The Herberton Lions Club hosted an evening presentation including a history walk through their local cemetery.

The occasion was the anniversary of World War 1, which was the theme of the evening’s other displays and performances.

The evening also marked the occasion of 100 years of the Red Cross in Herberton.



Herberton Rotunda


The back-drop to the presentation was a unique rotunda based on the design of a World War 1 tent.

The Herberton Lions Club and others organised a wonderful night, including a bush dinner, readings of bush poetry, and later in the evening 7 ‘ghosts’ talking and reminiscing about Herberton and the impact the war had on the people left behind.

The 100 year anniversary of the Red Cross in Herberton was also celebrated.

Below is a copy of the program for the evening:

Herberton Cemetery Walk Program p1


Herberton Cemetery Walk program p2


Members of the MAS Choir accompanied the ‘ghosts’ with appropriate songs from the day (MAS = Mature Age Singers).

The event was attended by around 200 people from Herberton and from much further afield.


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  1. Stumbled across this item… so much I don’t know about the family history.. Guess now I have the time to look into it some….Regards Bernard Hurley

  2. My Grandfather Herbert Grant was born in Herberton in 1907. I don’t know who his parents were.

  3. my grandmother florence hiacynth elizabeth kirkwood was born at sandown cooktown on 23 03 1888 she had 8 children and my mother ariel rebecca woodforde nee kirkwood was the 7th child. these children were born at mareebe 3 herberton 2 and mossman1 i do not know where william james was born but he was approx, 18 months old when he died in may 1918 an n is buried at thornborough. i would like and furthure information you may have on then. florence was the 8th child of nicolaus and rebecca harris. florence was married to james stephen kirkwood a policeman and that was why the children were born all round the cairns area.. i am kwen to using and i hope this makes sense to you thanking in antipaction. sue johnson

  4. Hi Sue, Cairns Family History offers a research service. Click on Services on the top menu on this page, then Research. If you live outside of the Cairns Regional Council area you can join the Society and get 3 hours research for free. The Society also has a members only area on the website where you can access local indexes and records as part of your membership.
    Regards, Heather

  5. Hi my family spent some time in Herberton. 27th August 1889 Herbert John Ross was born in Herberton. Theophilus Raymond Ross & May Leith Ross both died in 1890 3 days apart 9 February aged 6 & 12 February aged 4. Their parents John & Mary Ross must have absolutely out of their minds with grief. Unable to find their burial site and would like any information regarding this family if possible. Thank you and hopefully one day I will be able to make the journey to Herberton.

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