Martyn Street Cemetery 100 Years

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.

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Mystery plaque found in Cairns

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 was previously attached to something, possibly a headstone. How did it come to be in […]

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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 […]

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Cemetery exposes city’s past

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 Cairns Regional Council. (Click image to enlarge)     The education kit comprises teacher notes and student […]

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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.

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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 Cairns & District Family History Society with the education content written in accordance with Australian […]

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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 […]

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