Cooktown name index


© Copyright 1996-2019 Kerry Raymond and David Horton
Alphabetical index of given names, surnames and placenames
ABBY DSCN1200

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

ABBY DSCN1201

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

ABBY DSCN1202

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

ABORD IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ABORD IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ABORD IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ABORIGINAL IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ABORIGINES DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ACCUSATIONS IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ACCUSATIONS IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ACCUSATIONS IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ADMINISTER IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ADMINISTER IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ADMINISTER IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

AGAINST IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

AGAINST IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

AGAINST IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

AGENT IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

AGES DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AGES DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AGES DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AGES DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AGES DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBERT DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBERT DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBERT DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBERT IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBERT IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBIN DSCN1200

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBIN DSCN1201

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

ALBIN DSCN1202

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

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This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLEGEDLY IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLEGEDLY IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLEGEDLY IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIANCE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIANCE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIANCE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIANCE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIANCE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIER DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIER DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIER DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIER DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALLIER DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ALUCKY IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

AMONG IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

AMURI IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

AMURI IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

AMURI IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ANCESTORS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

ANGERED DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ANGERED DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ANGERED DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ANNO IMG_2730

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

ANNO IMG_2731

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

APPARENTLY DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

APPARENTLY DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

APPARENTLY DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

APRIL IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

APRRIL DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

APRRIL DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

APRRIL DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

APRRIL DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

APRRIL DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ARE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

ARE IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

AREA IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASHORE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASHORE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASHORE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASHORE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASHORE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASSISTANCE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASSISTANCE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASSISTANCE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASSISTANCE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ASSISTANCE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ATTACKED DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ATTACKED DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ATTACKED DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

AUTHORITIES IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

AUX DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AUX DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AUX DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AUX DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AUX DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AVIATION DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

AVIATION DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

AVRIL DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AVRIL DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AVRIL DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AVRIL DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AVRIL DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

AWAY DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

AWAY DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

AWAY DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BEATRICE DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

BEATRICE DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

BECHE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BECHE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BECHE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BECOME DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

BECOME DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

BEEN DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BEEN DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BEEN DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BETWEEN DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

BETWEEN DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

BETWEEN DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

BETWEEN DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

BETWEEN IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

BEYOND IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

BLACKBIRDING IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

BLACKBIRDING IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

BODIES DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

BODIES DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

BODIES DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

BODIES DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

BODIES DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

BOILING DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BOILING DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BOILING DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

BONES IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

BOTH IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

BROUGHT IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

BUILT IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

BURIALS IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

BURNING IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

BUSH IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

CALEDONIA DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CALEDONIA DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CALEDONIA DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CALEDONIA DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CALEDONIA DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAME IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAME IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAME IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAME IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

CANE IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

CANE IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAPE IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAPSIZED IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

CAPSIZED IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

CAPSIZED IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

CAPTAIN IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAPTAIN IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAPTURED IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAUSES IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

CAUSES IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

CENTRAL IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

CEREMONIES IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHARACTERS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINA IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINESE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINESE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINESE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINESE IMG_2721

Chinese shrine
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINESE IMG_2723

Chinese shrine
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINESE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHINESE IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHING IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHURCH IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHURCH IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CHURCH IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CIVILISATION IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

CLERMONT IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CLERMONT IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CLERMONT IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

COLUMN DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COLUMN DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COLUMN DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COLUMN DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COLUMN DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COMMISIONS IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

COMMUNITY IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

COMMUNITY IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

COMMUTED IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

COMMUTED IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

COMPLEX IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOKTOWN IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

COOPER IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

COOPER IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

COOPER IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

COPPERHEAD IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

COPPERHEAD IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

COPPERHEAD IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

CORRESPONDS IMG_2730

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

CORRESPONDS IMG_2731

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

COULD IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

COURT IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

COURT IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

COWARDICE IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

COWARDICE IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

COWARDICE IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

CREW DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CREW DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CREW DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CREW DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CREW DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CUTTER IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

CUTTER IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

CUTTER IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

CYCLONE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CYCLONE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CYCLONE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CYCLONE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

CYCLONE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

DANGERS DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DANGERS DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DANGERS DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DATE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

DAVIS IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

DAY IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEAD IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATH DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATH DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATH DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATH IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATH IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATH IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATHS IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATHS IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DEATHS IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DEBATE IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DEBATE IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DEBATE IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DESCENDANTS IMG_2725

Lian Gee Yet Foy
b: 18 Mar 1887
d: 28 Oct 1887
erected by the descendants of Yip Hoy and Ah How
Cooktown Cemetery

DIARY DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIARY DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIARY DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

DISCOVERED IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

DISCOVERED IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIVERTED DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIVERTED DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIVERTED DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIVERTED DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

DIVERTED DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

DOWN DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DOWN DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DOWN DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

DURING IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DURING IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DURING IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

DYNASTY IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

EARLY DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

EARLY DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

EARLY DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

EARLY DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

EARLY DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ELABORATE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

ELDEST IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELDEST IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELDEST IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELEVEN IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELEVEN IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELEVEN IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELIZABETH IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELIZABETH IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ELIZABETH IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

EMIGRANTS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

EMILY DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

EMILY DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

EMPEROR IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENDEAVOUR DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENDEAVOUR DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENDEAVOUR DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENDEAVOUR DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENDEAVOUR DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGAGED IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGAGED IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENGLAND IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ENSURE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

ESTABLISHED DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ESTABLISHED DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ESTABLISHED DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ESTABLISHED DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ESTABLISHED DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ESTHER IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

EUROPEAN IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

EUROPEANS DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

EUROPEANS DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

EUROPEANS DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

EXHUMED IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

EXPLORED IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

EXPLORED IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

FACED DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FACED DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FACED DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FAILED IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

FAILED IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

FAILED IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

FAMOUS DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

FAMOUS DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

FEAR IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELL DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELL DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELL DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELL DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELL DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELL IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELL IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELLOW DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELLOW DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELLOW DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELLOW DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FELLOW DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FERRIER DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FERRIER DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FERRIER DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FEVER DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FEVER DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FEVER DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FEVER DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FEVER DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FINAL DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FINAL DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FINAL DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FISHERMAN DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FISHERMAN DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FISHERMAN DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FLED DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FLED DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FLED DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FNS DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FNS DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FNS DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FNS DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FNS DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOCUS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOLLOWING DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOLLOWING DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOLLOWING DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOLLOWING DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOLLOWING DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOOD IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

FORGOTTEN IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

FORMER IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUL IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUL IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUND IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUNDER DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUNDER DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUNDER DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUNDER DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUR DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUR DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUR DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUR DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOUR DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FOY IMG_2725

Lian Gee Yet Foy
b: 18 Mar 1887
d: 28 Oct 1887
erected by the descendants of Yip Hoy and Ah How
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCAISE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCAISE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCAISE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCAISE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCAISE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCIS IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCIS IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRANCIS IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRENCH DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRENCH DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRENCH DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRENCH DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRENCH DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

FROM IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

FRONT IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

FUNERALS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

GEE IMG_2725

Lian Gee Yet Foy
b: 18 Mar 1887
d: 28 Oct 1887
erected by the descendants of Yip Hoy and Ah How
Cooktown Cemetery

GLORIEUSE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GLORIEUSE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GLORIEUSE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GLORIEUSE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GLORIEUSE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GOLDFIELD IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

GOLDFIELDS IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

GOVT DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GOVT DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GOVT DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GOVT DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GOVT DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAHAM IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAHAM IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAHAM IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVE IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVE IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVE IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVES IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVESEND DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVESEND DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVESEND DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

GRAVESEND DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

GROUND IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

GUINEA DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

GUINEA DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

GUINEA DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

HAD DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAD DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAD DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAD DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAD DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAMILTON IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAMILTON IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAS DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAS DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HAS DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HEATED IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

HEATED IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

HEATED IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

HEBREW IMG_2730

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

HEBREW IMG_2731

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

HERE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HERE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HERE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HERE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HERE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

HERE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

HEROINE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HEROINE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HEROINE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HOVELL IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

HOVELL IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

HOW IMG_2725

Lian Gee Yet Foy
b: 18 Mar 1887
d: 28 Oct 1887
erected by the descendants of Yip Hoy and Ah How
Cooktown Cemetery

HOWICK DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HOWICK DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HOWICK DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

HOY IMG_2725

Lian Gee Yet Foy
b: 18 Mar 1887
d: 28 Oct 1887
erected by the descendants of Yip Hoy and Ah How
Cooktown Cemetery

HSU IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

HUME IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

HUME IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

IDENTIFIED DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

IDENTIFIED DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

IDENTIFIED DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

IDENTIFIED DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

IDENTIFIED DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

IMPORTING IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

IMPORTING IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

INITIALLY IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

INSCRIPTION IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

INSCRIPTIONS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

INVOLVE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

INVOLVED DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

INVOLVED DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

INVOLVED DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

INVOLVED DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

ISLAND DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ISLAND DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ISLAND DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ISLANDERS IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ISLANDERS IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ISSUE IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ISSUE IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

JAN DSCN1200

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

JAN DSCN1201

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

JAN DSCN1202

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

JAVA DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

JAVA DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

JAVA DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

JAVA DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

JAVA DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

JEWISH IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

JOHN IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

JOHN IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

JOHN IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

JOHN IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

JUDAISM IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

KINGSFORD DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

KINGSFORD DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

KINGSFORD-SMITHS DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

KINGSFORD-SMITHS DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

KNOWS IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

KUANG IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

LAND IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

LATER IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEFT DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEFT DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEFT DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEFT IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEFT IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEFT IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEFT IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEONG DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEONG DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEONG DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LEWIS IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

LIAN IMG_2725

Lian Gee Yet Foy
b: 18 Mar 1887
d: 28 Oct 1887
erected by the descendants of Yip Hoy and Ah How
Cooktown Cemetery

LIE IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

LIFE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

LIZARD DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LIZARD DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LIZARD DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LONG DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LONG DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LONG DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

LYON IMG_2730

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

LYON IMG_2731

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

MACKAY DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MACKAY DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MACKAY DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MACKAY DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MACLAREN DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MACLAREN DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MACLAREN DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MACLAREN DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MAITLAND DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MAITLAND DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MAITLAND DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MAITLAND DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MAKE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARINER IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARINER IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARINS DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARINS DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARINS DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARINS DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARINS DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARKED IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

MARKED IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

MARKED IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

MARKS IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARRYING DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARRYING DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARRYING DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARY DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARY DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MARY DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MASTER IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

MASTER IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAY IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

MAYOR IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEANS IMG_2730

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEANS IMG_2731

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEDICAL DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEDICAL DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEDICAL DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEDICAL DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEDICAL DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MELISSA DSCN1200

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

MELISSA DSCN1201

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

MELISSA DSCN1202

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMBER DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMBER DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMBERS IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMORIAL IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMORY DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMORY DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMORY DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMORY DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MEMORY DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

MER DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MER DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MER DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MERCHANT IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

MIGHT IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

MIGRATED DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MIGRATED DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MIGRATED DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSION DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSION DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSION DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSION DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSIONARY DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSIONARY DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSIONARY DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MISSIONARY DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

MONEY IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

MONTH IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

MOST IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

MOST IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

MOVED DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MOVED DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MOVED DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MRS DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MRS DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MRS DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

MRS IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

MRS IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

MRS IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

MUNDI IMG_2730

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

MUNDI IMG_2731

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

MURRAY IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

MURRAY IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALS DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALS DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALS DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALS DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATIONALS DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATURAL IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

NATURAL IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

NAVAL DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NAVAL DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NAVAL DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NAVAL DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NAVAL DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEAR IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEAR IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEAR IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEARLY DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEARLY DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEARLY DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEARLY DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEARLY DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEVER IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

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Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEW IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

NEWSPAPERS IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

NEWSPAPERS IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

NEWSPAPERS IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

NON-JEWISH IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

NORTH DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NORTH DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NORTH DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NORTH DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NORTH DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

NOT IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

NSW DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

NSW DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

NSW DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

NSW DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

NSW IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

NSW IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

OFF IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

OFFERINGS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

ON-BOARD IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ON-BOARD IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ON-BOARD IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ONE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONE IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONLY IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ONLY IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ONLY IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

ONTO DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONTO DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONTO DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONTO DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ONTO DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

ORIGINALLY IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ORIGINALLY IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

ORIGINALLY IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

OVER IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

OVER IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

OXFORD IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

OXFORD IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

OXFORD IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

PACIFIC IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

PACIFIC IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

PAGE DSCN1200

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

PAGE DSCN1201

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

PAGE DSCN1202

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

PAINTER IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

PALMER IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

PARISH IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

PARISH IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

PARISH IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

PASSENGERS DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PASSENGERS DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PASSENGERS DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PASSENGERS DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PASSENGERS DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PATRICK IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PATRICK IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PATRICK IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PATROUILLEUR DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PATROUILLEUR DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PATROUILLEUR DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PATROUILLEUR DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PATROUILLEUR DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PENINSULA IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

PEOPLE IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

PEOPLE IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PEOPLE IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PEOPLE IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PERSON IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

PHILIPS DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PHILIPS DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PHILIPS DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PIONEER DSCN1191

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

PIONEER DSCN1192

Beatrice Emily KINGSFORD
daughter of R.A. and Emily KINGSFORD
d: 13 Nov 1885 at Cooktown
aged 8 y and 11 mo
Beatrice Emily was a member of the
aviation pioneer family to become famous as the
KINGSFORD-SMITHs.
Cooktown Cemetery

PIONEER DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PIONEER DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PIONEER DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLACE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLACE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLACE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLACE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLACE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLANTATIONS IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLANTATIONS IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

PLATYPUS IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PLATYPUS IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PLATYPUS IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

POIGNANT DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

POIGNANT DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

POIGNANT DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

POINT IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

POINT IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

POINT IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

PRACTICE IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

PRACTICE IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

PRANCES DSCN1200

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

PRANCES DSCN1201

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

PRANCES DSCN1202

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

PRESENCE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PRESENCE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PRESENCE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

PRESENT IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

PRIEST DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

PRIEST DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

PRIEST DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

PRIEST DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

PROMINENT IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

PROVIDE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

QLD DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

QLD DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

QLD DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

QLD DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

QUARANTINE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

QUARANTINE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

QUARANTINE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

QUARANTINE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

QUARANTINE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

QUETTA DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

QUETTA DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

QUETTA DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

QUETTA DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

READ IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

READS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

REEF IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

REEF IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

REEF IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

REFUELLING DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REFUELLING DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REFUELLING DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REFUELLING DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REFUELLING DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REGULATORS IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

REGULATORS IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

REIGN IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

RE-INTERRED DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RE-INTERRED DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RE-INTERRED DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RE-INTERRED DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RE-INTERRED DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REMAINS IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

REMINDER DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

REMINDER DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

REMINDER DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

REPUBLIQUE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REPUBLIQUE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REPUBLIQUE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REPUBLIQUE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

REPUBLIQUE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RESCUE DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

RESCUE DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

RESCUE DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

RESCUE DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

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Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

RESCUING IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

RESCUING IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

RESPECT IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

RETURN IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

RETURNED IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

RETURNED IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

RETURNED IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

REV IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

REV IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

REV IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIGHT IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

RITUALS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

RIVER IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

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Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

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Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

ROSS IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

ROSS IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

RUDIMENTARY DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RUDIMENTARY DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RUDIMENTARY DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RUDIMENTARY DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

RUDIMENTARY DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SACRED DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SACRED DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAIL DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAIL DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAIL DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAIL DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAIL DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAILORS DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAILORS DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAILORS DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAILORS DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAILORS DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAM DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAM DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAM DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SAMARAI DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

SAMARAI DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

SAMARAI DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

SAMARAI DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEA IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEAGREN DSCN1200

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

SEAGREN DSCN1201

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

SEAGREN DSCN1202

Abby Albin SEAGREN
b: 28-Jul-1920
d: 17-Feb-1998
father, father-in-law of Ross SEAGREN, Jan PAGE
husband of Prances
Father of Albin and Melissa SEAGREN
Cooktown Cemetery

SECLUDED IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

SECRET IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

SENSITIVE IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SENSITIVE IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SENTENCE IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SENTENCE IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SENTENCED IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SENTENCED IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SERVANT DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SERVANT DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SERVE IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

SERVE IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

SERVE IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

SET DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SET DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SET DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SET DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SET DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEVERAL DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEVERAL DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEVERAL DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SEVERAL IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHE IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHIP DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHIP DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHIP DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHIP DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHIP DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHORE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHORE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHORE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHORE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHORE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHRINE IMG_2721

Chinese shrine
Cooktown Cemetery

SHRINE IMG_2723

Chinese shrine
Cooktown Cemetery

SHRINE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

SHRINES IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

SIEBOLD IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SIEBOLD IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SIEBOLD IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SITE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SITE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SITE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

SMALL IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

SMOOTH IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOLOMON IMG_2730

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOLOMON IMG_2731

Solomon LYON
d: 15 Sep 1875 (A.M. 5635) aged 47
The Hebrew year A.M. 5635 corresponds with 1875 A.D. "A.M." means "anno mundi", i.e. the year of the world.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOLOMON IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOME IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SOME IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SOME IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SOMETIME IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOMETIME IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOON DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOON DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOON DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOON DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOON DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOUVENIR DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOUVENIR DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOUVENIR DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOUVENIR DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SOUVENIR DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SPARKED IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SPARKED IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SPARKED IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

SPIRITS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

SPRING IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

STANDS IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

STATION DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STATION DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STATION DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STATION DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STATION DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STAY DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STAY DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STAY DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STAY DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STAY DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STEPHENS IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

STEPHENS IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

STEPHENS IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

STILL IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

STOP DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STOP DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STOP DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STOP DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STOP DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

STRAIT DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

STRAIT DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

STRAIT DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

STRAIT DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

STRANGELY IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

STRUCTURE IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

SURVIVE IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

SURVIVORS DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SURVIVORS DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SURVIVORS DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SURVIVORS DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SURVIVORS DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

SYDNEY IMG_2715

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

SYDNEY IMG_2716

Albert Ross HOVELL
d: 5 May 1888 aged 55
master mariner,
son of Captain Hovell who with HUME discovered the Murray River NSW
Albert Hovell was the son of William Hovell who, with Hamilton HUME, explored the Murray River in NSW.
Albert was a mariner engaged in 'blackbirding' - the practice of importing Pacific Islanders to work on cane plantations. It was a sensitive issue. Hovell fell foul of the regulators. He was sentenced to death by a Sydney court. The sentence was later commuted.
He returned to sea and died in Cooktown sometime later of natural causes.
Cooktown Cemetery

TANK DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

TANK DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

TANK DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

TEMPLE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

TEN IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

TEN IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

TEN IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

THAT DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THAT DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THAT DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THAT IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEM IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEM IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

THERE IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

THERE IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THERE IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THERE IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THESE DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THESE DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THESE DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THESE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

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La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THEY IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

THIRST DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THIRST DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THIRST DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

THIRTEENTH IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

THOMAS IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THOMAS IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THOMAS IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THOSE IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

THOUSANDS IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

THREE IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

TJIN IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

TOOK IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

TORRES DSCN1196

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

TORRES DSCN1197

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

TORRES DSCN1198

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

TORRES DSCN1199

Albert A MacLAREN B.A.
b: 14 Feb 1883 England
d: 27 Dec 1891 between Samarai and Cooktown
missionary priest, founder of New Guinea mission 10-Aug 1891
worked in Gravesend (England), Maitland (NSW), Mackay (Qld), New Guinea
Involved in rescue of the wrecked R.M.S. Quetta in Torres Strait 28-Feb-1890
Cooktown Cemetery

TOWERS IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRAGEDY DSCN1193

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRAGEDY DSCN1194

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRAGEDY DSCN1195

Mrs WATSON
heroine of Lizard Island tragedy of 1881
and her infant son Ferrier
Mary WATSON (nee PHILIPS)
d: Oct 1881
aged 23
Mary Watson's death has long been a
poignant reminder of the dangers faced
by pioneer women. Mary migrated with
her parents from England in the 1870s.
After marrying R.E. Watson, a beche de mer
fisherman, in May 1880, they moved
to Lizard Island. Their son Ferrier was
born in 1881.
Late that year Mary's husband was away
when Aborigines attacked, apparently
angered by the presence of Europeans on
a sacred site. One Chinese servant, Ah Leong,
was killed. The second, Ah Sam,
was wounded. Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam
fled to sea in a boiling down tank. They
died of thirst on No 5 Howick Island
several days later.
Mary left a diary of these final days.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRANSITION IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRIBE IMG_2720

Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRIP IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

TRIP IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

TRIP IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

TRIPP IMG_2717

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRIPP IMG_2718

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRIPP IMG_2719

Rev Francis TRIPP B.A.
(Oxford)
d: 20 May 1874 aged 44 at Cooktown
Francis TRIPP arrived in Cooktown on 10 May 1874. Ten days later he died. He came to administer the Cooktown parish for the Church of England. He originally left England in 1863 to serve in Amuri, New Zealand and later in Copperhead near Clermont, Queensland.
In New Zealand he was considered eccentric. Suggestions of an appointment to a neighbouring parish net frosty reception. In contrast ther Cooktown Courier of 1874 reported TRIPP was 'followed to the grave by nearly all the most influential residents of the town'. TRIPP's headstone is the earliest surviving in the cemetery.
Cooktown Cemetery

TRY IMG_2727

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

TRY IMG_2728

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

TRY IMG_2729

Elizabeth COOPER (nee STEPHENS)
d:16 Aug 1874, aged 26
eldest daughter of John STEPHENS
Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Graham and Mrs Siebold drowned off St Patrick's Point on 16 Aug 1874. Only Elizabeth's grave is marked.
The cutter Platypus with eleven people abord, capsized during a reef trip. The deaths sparked a heated debate in the newspapers. There were accusations of cowardice against some of those on-board who allegedly failed to try to rescuing the deceased.
Mystery surrounds the choice of this site for a grave. Was it an isolated section of the cemetery or were others buried nearby? Was this actually the main part of the cemetery in those early years of Cooktown?
Cooktown Cemetery

TSAI IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

TWO DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

TWO DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

TWO DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

TWO DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

TWO DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

TWO IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

TWO IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

UNKNOWN DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

UNKNOWN DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

UNKNOWN DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

UNKNOWN DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

UNKNOWN DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

UNKNOWN IMG_2726

This structure stands over the remains of an unknown Chinese person whose bones were found on the Palmer River Goldfield. There were thousands of Chinese people buried on the goldfields of Cape York Peninsula, most of whom still lie, forgotten in the bush. This is a memorial to all of them.
Cooktown Cemetery

UNMARKED IMG_2732

Judaism in Cooktown
in this secluded section are the graves of
several members of Cooktown's small Jewish
community. Among them are the prominent
merchant Solomon Marks (died 1875),
former mayor, Lewis Solomon (died 1926)
and his non-Jewish wife Esther (died 1941)
Strangely two Jewish burials are in the
Presbyterian section. Charles Liskov a
painter was buried on 15 April 1883 and
John Davis, a Commisions agent on
28 March 1897. Davis was mayor of
Cooktown 1882, 1886/87 and 1889/90.
Both graves are unmarked.
Cooktown Cemetery

USED IMG_2724

Chinese shrine
Chinese death rituals are complex and elaborate. Shrines provide a focus for these ceremonies. Funerals involve offerings of food and temple 'money' to ensure a smooth transition to the life beyond.
Over 300 Chinese were buried in this area between 1873 and 1920. The shrine was built in 1887. Chinese emigrants fear they might die, never to return to the land of their ancestors. Most of those initially buried here were later exhumed and returned to China.
Inscriptions
The three characters on the shrine read Tjin Ju Tsai - Respect the dead as if they are present.
The date the shrine was erected is on the right: alucky spring day in the third month of the thirteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu (1874-1908), Ching dynasty.
On the left the inscription reads - 'Erected with respect by the Chinese community of Cooktown'.
The two burning towers in front of the central shrine were used to make offerings to the spirits.
Cooktown Cemetery

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Normanby Woman
who was buried in the vicinity of this ground in 1980.
No one knows where she came from, or who she was, she took that secret with her.
She was a European woman brought up by the Normanby Aboriginal tribe (60 km S.W. of Cooktown)
She was captured by the European authorities and brought to 'civilisation' in which she could not survive.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIM DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIM DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIM DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIM DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIM DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIMS DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIMS DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIMS DSCN1188

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIMS DSCN1189

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VICTIMS DSCN1190

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VOYAGE DSCN1186

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four unknown French sailors were
re-interred here in 1907. They and 76
fellow passengers and crew of the naval
ship Allier, died at sea early in 1879. They
were on a voyage from France to New
Caledonia when yellow fever soon
after a refuelling stop in Java.
The Allier diverted to Cooktown for
medical assistance. A rudimentary
quarantine station was established on the
north shore of the Endeavour River.
After a stay of nearly two months the
survivors set sail for New Caledonia.
Four bodies were washed ashore
following a 1907 cyclone. They were
identified as victims who had died soon
after the Allier had arrived off Cooktown.
Cooktown Cemetery

VOYAGE DSCN1187

La Republique Francaise aux Marins De L/Allier
1879-1907
From FNS La Place
29 Aprril 1993
En Souvenir
This column was erected by the French Govt in memory of French nationals who fell victim to yellow fever ??? In those days victims ???
were washed onto shore ??
French sailors and interred here.
1er Avril 1989
Patrouilleur
"La Glorieuse"
Mar ne Nationale
Alliance Francaise
French sailors
Died 1879
Ages unknown
Four u