Martyn Street Cemetery, or as it was originally known, Cairns General Cemetery, was gazetted and opened 100 years ago in 1916.
It was the third cemetery in the town of Cairns just 40 years after its settlement. It is the resting place of many of the early pioneers, battlers and gentry of the Cairns region. Continue reading
CDFHS has been informed of the existence of a marble plaque – broken in two – that was found in a building in Cairns which is set for demolition.
There is evidence on the back of the plaque that it… Continue reading
“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
Cairns Post Tuesday 3 Feb, 2015
The following article appeared prominently in the Cairns Post yesterday. It features the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery education kit researched and written by Cairns & District Family History Society in partnership with the… Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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
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