Watsonville; Archive

 Pos S  17 19' 23"
E 145 55' 42"
Watsonville is a small village on the road from Herberton to Irvinebank. In its time it was a thriving tin-mining site that drew people from all over the north of Queensland, seeking the 'black gold' in the otherwise dry gullies and riverbeds. Nowadays there is little to see other than the hardy species of gum tree that seems to be able to survive on almost bare rock.

The cemetery itself is on the top of the ridge just after the peculiar mid-street windmill. The Mareeba Shire Council is resposible for maintenance, and have arranged some very informative plaques and kept the quiet bush location tidy yet undisturbed.

It is worth noting that many of the names on the stones or on the plaque echo others in the Cooktown cemetery. In particular there are several families of Swedish extraction.

We have now gone to a live on-line database called MOP ('Myra's Other Place') and the records listed below are steadily being copied over. Once a record is there a green tick will show alongside the entry. The MOP database has a lot more than just cemetery records and is worth checking out here where you can log in as Guest password guest.

Collected and collated by Alan Wagener

Actual headstone data;  Data from other sources;
  Data has been transferred to MOP


There are more entries than these inside the MOP database!

  Surname: Bennett
First names: Christina May Born: ca 1874 At: Died: 24 Sep 1905 At: Age: 31 Buried: Watsonville, QLD Comments: Wife of Charles J. Bennett, of Stannary Hills. Drowned with son Frank in Walsh River.
  Surname: Bennett First names: Frank Born: ca 1896 At: Died: 24 Sep 1905 At: Age: 9 Buried: Watsonville, QLD Comments: Son of Charles J. Bennett, of Stannary Hills. Drowned with mother in Walsh River.

  Surname: Roos First names: Clement Born: 25 May 1917 At: Died: 25 May 1917 At: Age: 3 hours Buried: Watsonville, QLD Comments:

  Surname: Roos First names: Elna Born: ca 1849 At: Died: 16 Aug 1934 At: Age: 85 Buried: Watsonville, QLD Comments: Presumed to be wife of Nils Roos.

  Surname: Roos First names: James Victor Born: ca 1905 At: Died: 19 Jan 1910 At: Age: 5 Buried: Watsonville, QLD Comments: Presumed son of Nils & Elna Roos.