Cooktown

 
 Pos S  15 20' 35"
E 145 14' 31"
Cooktown is famous as the gold port of the north. It had the good fortune to provide access to the goldfields of the Cape York interior at the same time the newly opened Suez Canal allowed steamers to access the northern coasts of Australia via the Torres Strait, Previously sailing vessels could not travel eastward through the strait, but had to completely circumnavigate the country to get back to, say, Brisbane.

With direct access from Europe, immigrants were attracted to the fortunes to be made by getting off at Cooktown. Whole families did so, in spite of the Wild West nature of the place, not to mention the unsanitary conditions.

Quite a few of these people got to stay, in the cemetery.

It is fascinating to record names here that appear further inland as the years march on, in different tmining towns, where different fortunes could be made. Maytown, on the Palmer, Thornborough, Herberton, Charters Towers, Ravenswood... Check the files and the old names constantly appear.

After the gold rush of the late 1880's, the town was a port for pearling vessels, until the larger part of the fleet was trapped in Princess Charlotte Bay in a fierce cyclone, and sunk. No doubt it will now rebound as a tourist target for the northern section of the reef, which is almost untouched by farm runoff, and the newly completed sealing of the road will bring a new kind of people t the hard, raw places...

Actual headstone data; Cemetery data collected by Alan Wagener
 Data from other sourcesMouseover of blue cross will give headstone pic file to ask for.

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  Surname: Jardine
First names: Elizabeth Genealogy Born: ca 1822 At: Died: 18 May 1890 At: Age: 68 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Wife of John Jardine (well known as policeman at tip of Cape York).
  Surname: Roos
First names: James Edward Born: ca 1888 At: Died: 15 May 1910 At: Age: 22 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: 'The beloved son of Elna Roos'.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: Greta Born: ca 1809 At: Sweden Died: 12 Aug 1904 At: Age: 85 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Presumed to be wife of Pher Erick Seagren.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: Gustav Albin Born: ca 1881 At: Died: 11 Dec 1954 At: Age: 73 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Presumed son of Pher Erick Seagren.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: Herbert Bertram Born: 21 Dec 1877 At: Cooktown, QLD Died: 30 Aug 1902 At: Sydney, NSW Age: 25 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Presumed son of Pher Erick Seagren.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: Lily Alma Born: 11 Feb 1887 At: Died: 4 Apr 1887 At: Age: 2 months Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Daughter of Pher Erick and Rosetta Seagren.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: Pher Erick Born: 1845 At: Sweden Died: 1934 At: Cooktown, QLD Age: 89 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Spouse of Rosetta Seagren.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: Rosetta Born: 1851 At: England Died: 1919 At: Cooktown, QLD Age: 68 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Wife of Pher Erick Seagren.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: Rosetta Greta Born: 1881 At: Died: 1917 At: Age: 36 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Daughter of Pher Erick & Rosetta Seagren.
  Surname: Seagren
First names: William Eric Endeavour Born: 26 Aug 1874 At: Cooktown, QLD Died: 4 Nov 1906 At: Mareeba, QLD Age: 32 Buried: Cooktown, QLD Comments: Eldest son of Pher Erick & Rosetta Seagren.

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