St. Lawrence


St. Lawrence is nowadays little more than a faded signpost some 150 km south of Mackay, on the main Bruce Highway. The sign points eastwards, to the coast and an inlet where in days past many people first found their way ashore, then inland to develop land. Today the rail line winds around the small elevation on which the township stands, with mangroves and muddy flats all around.

The cemetery is tucked away in the trees, a moderately large open space without a hint of grass, but which is nevertheless kempt and unlittered, with a fence and well looked after headstones, most with carefully repainted inscriptions. The single large central wattle tree is home to a swarm of the fiercest mosquitoes I have experienced in Australia to date!

Some images of the place will remain; a recent grave with a battered Akubra (hat) central, and an unopened bottle of beer at the head...

All headstones have been recorded in this instance, with dates right up to the present.

Myra Howerd, 2000
  Surname: Adair First names: Elizabeth Born: 1851 At: Died: 23 Dec 1928 At: Age: 77 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of John Adair

  Surname: Adair First names: John Born: 1850 At: Died: 6 May 1927 At: Age: 77 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Husband of Elizabeth Adair

  Surname: Adele First names: Priscilla Grace Born: 4 Feb 1949 At: Died: 16 Mar 1980 At: Age: 31 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Allan First names: Annie Born: 1865 At: Died: 22 Mar 1940 At: Age: 75 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of David Allan.

  Surname: Allan First names: David Born: 1860 At: Died: 13 Apr 1935 At: Age: 75 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'loving wife and family'. Husband of Annie Allan.

  Surname: Allan First names: Frank Born: At: Died: 9 Jan 1954 At: St. Lawrence Age: 5 years 8 months Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'dear husband'. Father of Frankie, husband of Williamina.

  Surname: Allan First names: Frankie Born: Feb 1920 At: Died: 6 Oct 1925 At: St. Lawrence Age: 5 years 8 months Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'our dear little son' Son of Frank and Williamina Allan.

  Surname: Allan First names: Williamina Born: At: Died: 24 Mar 1878 At: Age: Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of Frank Allan. Mother of Frankie Allan.

  Surname: Allen First names: John Born: 1816 At: Died: 13 Aug 1901 At: Age: 85 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Baldwin First names: Dale Anthony Born: At: Died: 29 Sep 1985 At: Age: 1 month 23 days Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'infant son and brother'

  Surname: Black First names: Catherine Agnes Born: 1886 At: Died: 16 Nov 1913 At: Age: 27 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of William Black.

  Surname: Black First names: Emma Jane Born: 19 May 1895 At: Died: 4 Dec 1995 At: Age: 100 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Black First names: Harry Born: 1850 At: Died: 12 Sep 1905 At: Age: 55 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'loving wife and children'

  Surname: Bouma First names: Foppe (Bob) Born: 1 Sep 1925 At: Died: 18 Dec 1991 At: Age: 66 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Husband of Geertruida Bouma. Father of 9 children.

  Surname: Campbell First names: Edward Septimus Born: 1848 At: Died: 18 Dec 1872 At: Age: 24 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Son of the late A.E. Campbell.

  Surname: Christian First names: Mark Millett Born: 1843 At: Died: 26 Jun 1928 At: Age: 85 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'erected by Edith Hatfield'.

  Surname: Clements First names: David Born: 1911 At: Died: 28 Dec 1938 At: Age: 27 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Brother of Willie Clements. Son of Jennie Clements.

  Surname: Clements First names: Jennie Born: 1888 At: Died: 27 Jun 1963 At: Age: 75 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Mother of Willie and David Clements.

  Surname: Clements First names: John Thomas (Jack) Born: 1886 At: Died: 13 Jul 1975 At: Age: 89 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Clements First names: Willie Born: Jun 1908 At: Died: 28 Jul 1923 At: Age: 15 years 1 month Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'our dear son and brother'. Brother of David Clements, son of Jennie Clements

  Surname: Connell First names: Morgan John Born: 1867 At: Died: 18 Dec 1898 At: Age: 31 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'loving wife'

  Surname: Cooke First names: William Born: At: Died: 24 Dec 1886 At: St. Lawrence Age: Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'erected by loving brother John'

  Surname: Dee First names: Cong Born: 1834 At: Died: 27 Jun 1889 At: St. Lawrence Age: 55 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'erected by loving son William Dee'

  Surname: Diver First names: James Born: 1855 At: Died: 23 Dec 1919 At: Age: 64 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Dunlop First names: Harry Gordon Born: 4 Jul 1841 At: Died: 15 Apr 1866 At: Drowned at Wilangi Age: 25 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Dunn First names: Samuel Born: 1853 At: Died: 2 Jan 1903 At: Age: 50 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Fox First names: Reginald Alexander Born: Dec 1869 At: Died: 6 Jul 1872 At: Age: 2 years 8 months Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Son of George and Annie Fox.

  Surname: Gooch First names: Thomas Born: 1816 At: Died: 11 Mar 1884 At: Age: 68 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Greedy First names: Harriet Louisa Born: 1871 At: Died: 22 May 1962 At: Age: 91 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Mother of Thomas and Lily Greedy.

  Surname: Greedy First names: Lily Born: Oct 1895 At: Died: 24 May 1909 At: Age: 13 years 7 months Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Sister of Thomas Greedy, daughter of W and Harriet Greedy.

  Surname: Greedy First names: Sarah Born: 1833 At: Died: 19 Oct 1891 At: St. Lawrence Age: 58 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of Thomas Greedy.

  Surname: Greedy First names: Thomas Born: Feb 1845 At: Died: 10 Oct 1928 At: Age: 83 years 8 months Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Husband of Sarah Greedy.
  Surname: Greedy First names: Thomas Born: Feb 1897 At: Died: 13 Sep 1908 At: Age: 11 years 7 months Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Brother of Lily Greedy, son of W and H Greedy.

  Surname: Greedy First names: William Charles Born: 1911 At: Died: 24 Aug 1957 At: Age: 46 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'loving family'.

  Surname: Greedy First names: William John Born: 1869 At: Died: 11 Mar 1949 At: Age: 80 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'loving wife and family'. (with Sarah and Thomas Greedy; son?)

  Surname: Halloran First names: Bridget Theresa Born: 1855 At: Died: 19 Jul 1894 At: St. Lawrence Age: 39 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of John Halloran. Mother of Ellen Halloran.

  Surname: Halloran First names: Ellen Born: May 1894 At: Died: Feb 1895 At: St. Lawrence Age: 11 months Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Daughter of Bridget Theresa Halloran.

  Surname: Hannan First names: Victor Born: 1902 At: Died: 27 Aug 1969 At: Age: 67 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'my dear husband and our father'.

  Surname: Hatfield First names: Edward Born: 15 Sep 1872 At: Died: 21 Sep 1872 At: Age: 6 days Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Infant son of Thomas and Ann Hatfield.

  Surname: Hatfield First names: Elizabeth Born: 1831 At: Died: 5 Apr 1907 At: Age: 76 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of William Hatfield.

  Surname: Hatfield First names: William Born: 1825 At: Died: 27 Mar 1899 At: Age: 74 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Husband of Elizabeth Hatfield.

  Surname: Hawkins First names: Caroline Born: 1865 At: Died: 22 Jan 1900 At: Age: 35 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of Sam Hawkins Jr. 'erected by daughters C.G. and C. A. Hawkins.

  Surname: Hawkins First names: Samson Born: 1841 At: Died: 17 May 1909 At: Age: 68 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'erected by his loving sons'.

  Surname: Hewitt First names: Doreen May Born: 1918 At: Died: 15 Sep 1984 At: Age: 66 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: Hopson First names: Marcia Fanny Born: 1835 At: Died: 28 Feb 1896 At: Age: 61 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of Henry Hopson.

  Surname: Joss First names: Elizabeth Born: 14 Feb 1851 At: Died: 1 Aug 1937 At: Age: 79 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: With Margaret and William Joss. Daughter-in-law?

  Surname: Joss First names: William Born: 8 Dec 1813 At: Aberdeen, Scotland Died: 14 Dec 1876 At: Gowrie, St. Lawrence Age: 63 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of William Joss. Died after a short illness.

  Surname: Joss First names: William Born: 11 Oct 1813 At: Aberdeen, Scotland Died: 11 May 1885 At: Porphry Hills Age: 72 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Husband of Margaret Joss.

  Surname: Joss First names: WilliamRonald Born: 4 Jan 1849 At: Died: 2 Jul 1939 At: Age: 90 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Son of William and Margaret?.

  Surname: Leggeat First names: John Born: At: Died: 13 Apr 1874 At: Age: Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Carrier. About 50 yrs old.

  Surname: Lenton First names: Mark Born: 4 Dec 1882 At: St. Lawrence Died: 8 Jan 1901 At: St. Lawrence Age: 19 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Youngest son of T and M.E. Lenton. Erected by his adopted mother A. Tagg and friend E. Jose.

  Surname: McArthur First names: Brian Patrick Born: 1942 At: Died: 5 Apr 1983 At: Age: 41 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: McArthur First names: John Born: 1864 At: Died: 11 Nov 1960 At: Age: 96 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Husband of Mary Jane McArthur. 'loving family'.

  Surname: McArthur First names: Mary Jane Born: 1865 At: Died: 16 Jan 1949 At: Age: 84 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Wife of John McArthur. 'loving family'.

  Surname: McArthur First names: Robert Born: 1896 At: Died: 2 Feb 1959 At: Age: 63 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: McArthur First names: William Born: 19 Jan 1905 At: Died: 7 Oct 1983 At: Age: 78 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: McFie First names: John Born: 1841 At: Died: 13 Mar 1897 At: Bombandie (Stn) Age: 56 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Husband of Maria McFie. 'loving wife and children'.

  Surname: McFie First names: Leonard Born: At: Died: 10 Jul 1872 At: St. Lawrence Age: Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: Inf. son of John and Maria McFie.

  Surname: McGrade First names: Ethel Anna Born: 26 Sep 1888 At: St. Lawrence Died: 28 Sep 1888 At: St. Lawrence Age: 2 days Buried: St. Lawrence Comments:

  Surname: McGraw First names: Mabel Born: 1952 At: Died: 26 May 1955 At: Age: 56 Buried: St. Lawrence Comments: 'my wife and our mother'
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Surname: McKenzie
Firstnames: Alexander William
Born: 4 Nov 1910
At:
Died: 6 Oct 1973
Age: 63
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Merritt
Firstnames: Mary
Born: 1860
At:
Died: Mar 1893
Age: 33
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Walter W. Merritt. Mother of Kathleen Merritt. 'erected by her sons and husband'
Surname: Merritt
Firstnames: Kathlen
Born:
At:
Died: Mar 1893.
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Duaghter of Mary Merritt. Presumably both died in childbirth.
Surname: Murray
Firstnames: Gladys
Born: Jul 1898
At:
Died: 31 Dec 1911
Age: 13
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Age 13 yrs 5 mnths. Daughter of P and A Murray.
Surname: Parnell
Firstnames: Ralph Adolphus
Born: 1860
At:
Died: 17 Jun 1878
Age: 18
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: John Richard
Born: 1882
At:
Died: 13 Nov 1935
Age: 53
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
'erected by loving wife and son'.
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: James Simpson
Born: 1896
At:
Died: 14 Feb 1988
Age: 92
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Husband of Agnes Payne. 'father, g'father and g'g'father.'
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Elizabeth Jane Maria
Born: 1856
At:
Died: 20 Aug 1904
Age: 48
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Herbert Payne. 'erected by her husband and sons'
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Frank Edward
Born: 29 Mar 1898
At:
Died: 23 Jan 1958
Age: 60
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Husband of Clara, father of Clara, Eddie, Alex, Clarrie.'
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Frederick Charles
Born: 27 Dec 1888
At:
Died: 24 Jul 1889
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
6 mnths. Brother to Amy.
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Herbert
Born: 1856
At:
Died: 27 Oct 1923
Age: 67
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Husband of Elizabeth Jayne Maria Payne. 'our dear father. erected by his loving sons.'
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Harriet
Born: 14 Mar 1894
At:
Died: 29 Nov 1894
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
8 mnths. Sister to Amy.
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Aym Evelyn
Born: 25 Mar 1902
At:
Died: 31 May 1902
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
2 mnths.
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Agnes
Born: 1898
At:
Died: 4 Sep 1948
Age: 50
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of James Simpson Payne.
Surname: Payne
Firstnames: Maria Maud
Born: 18 May 1899
At:
Died: 6 Aug 1899
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
3 mnths. Sister to Amy.
Surname: Pedersen
Firstnames: Elizabeth
Born: 1856
At:
Died: 12 Nov 1934
Age: 78
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Neils Pedersen.
Surname: Pedersen
Firstnames: Neils
Born: 1857
At:
Died: 6 Apr 1937
Age: 80
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Husband of Elizabeth Pedersen.
Surname: Randell
Firstnames: H.B.
Born: 1875
At:
Died: 1946
Age: 71
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Spouse of M.E. Randell.
Surname: Randell
Firstnames: M.E.
Born: 1879
At:
Died: 1965
Age: 86
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Spouse of H.B. Randell.
Surname: Randell
Firstnames: Alfred Ernest
Born: 1912
At:
Died: 21 Sep 1979
Age: 67
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Husband of Lily Elizabeth Randell
Surname: Randell
Firstnames: Lily Elizabeth
Born: 13 Jul 1911
At:
Died: 9 Feb 1991
Age: 80
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Alfred Ernest Randell
Surname: Rivers
Firstnames: Charles William
Born: 1845
At:
Died: 24 Apr 1876
Age: 31
At: St. Lawrence
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Roberts
Firstnames: Caroline Margaret
Born: Apr 1842
At:
Died: 1 Dec 1927
Age: 85
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Age 85 years 8 mnths. 'erected by her loving sons and daughters'.
Surname: Robinson
Firstnames: John Henry
Born: 14 Nov 1880
At: Rocky Bar, St. Lawrence
Died: 15 Sep 1896
Age: 6
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Son of John and Margaret Robinson.
Surname: Robinson
Firstnames: William John
Born: 14 Aug 1875
At:
Died: 19 Aug 1955
Age: 80
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Robinson
Firstnames: Margaret
Born: 1841
At:
Died: 20 Sep 1939
Age: 98
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
'erected by loving daughters, son and g'son'.
Surname: Robinson
Firstnames: Elizabeth Rachel
Born: 8 Mar 1865
At:
Died: 26 Mar 1950
Age: 85
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Rowley
Firstnames: Thomas
Born: 1818
At:
Died: 29 Jul 1870
Age: 52
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Eldest son of the late Thomas Rowley Esq. of Holdsworthy, near Liverpool, NSW
Surname: Schroder
Firstnames: Christina
Born: 1842
At:
Died: 27 Jan 1935
Age: 93
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Christian Schroder.
Surname: Schrodes
Firstnames: Christian Frederick
Born: 1835
At:
Died: 7 Oct 1921
Age: 86
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Husband of Christina Schroder.
Surname: Simpson
Firstnames: John Walter
Born: 1900
At:
Died: 30 Aug 1941
Age: 41
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Son of Robert and Isabell Simpson.
Surname: Simpson
Firstnames: Isabell Ruth
Born: 1852
At:
Died: 8 May 1916
Age: 64
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
'my dear wife and our mother'. 'husband, brother and family'. Wife of Robert Simpson.
Surname: Smith
Firstnames: Mary
Born:
At:
Died: 1 Aug 1870
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Thomas Smith. Native of Donegal, Ireland.
Surname: Smith
Firstnames: Christine
Born: 1849
At:
Died: 5 Aug 1930
Age: 81
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Frank Smith
Surname: Stevenson
Firstnames: Alice
Born: 1870
At:
Died: 27 Aug 1954
Age: 84
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
With Gladys Murray. Mother?
Surname: Tagg
Firstnames: May
Born: Jul 1874
At:
Died: 2 Nov 1874
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Age 3 months 29 days. Infant daughter of Thomas Francis and Annie Tagg.
Surname: Tagg
Firstnames: Helena
Born: May 1872
At:
Died: 22 Jun 1872
Age:
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Age 6 weeks and 1 day. Infant daughter of Thomas Francis and Annie Tagg.
Surname: Tagg
Firstnames: Annie
Born: 1852
At:
Died: 22 Nov 1874
Age: 22
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Wife of Thomas Francis Tagg.
Surname: Tagg
Firstnames: Agnes
Born: 1 Jan 1854
At:
Died: 24 Feb 1938
Age: 84
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Walker
Firstnames: Martha
Born:
At: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: 10 Dec 1878
Age:
At: St. Lawrence
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Age 80?
Surname: Wallace
Firstnames: Thomas William James
Born: 1835
At:
Died: 11 Dec 1877
Age: 42
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Wallace
Firstnames: Robert Ewing
Born: May 1874
At:
Died: 13 Jan 1877
Age: 2
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Age 2 years 8 mnths. 2nd son of Smith and Elizabeth Wallace.
Surname: Warcon
Firstnames: Cedric Lionel (Wick)
Born: 1924
At:
Died: 2 Oct 1981
Age: 57
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Wharton
Firstnames: Thelma Lily
Born: 16 Oct 1917
At:
Died: 31 Jan 1919
Age: 2
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
Surname: Winter
Firstnames: Edward
Born: 1903
At:
Died: 13 May 1965
Age: 62
At:
Buried: St. Lawrence
Comments:
'our husband and father'

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