Ghostly walks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BE PRE­PARED for an en­ter­tain­ing stroll through his­tory this Sun­day at the Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Ceme­tery Walk.

The tour will pay re­spect to the pi­o­neer­ing men and women so peo­ple can learn about their ef­forts in es­tab­lish­ing the Dou­glas re­gion, led by the in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing Crim­mins funeral di­rec­tor and cel­e­brant Stephen Old­ham.

“The ceme­tery holds an un­told wealth of his­tory and knowl­edge about the won­der­ful peo­ple that have made Port Dou­glas and Moss­man fan­tas­tic for us to live and it’s re­ally good to hon­our the dead, thank them and recog­nise them,” he said.

“Some of the sto­ries of pi­o­neers are quite amaz­ing and when you read the sto­ries the real pi­o­neers are the women.

“Men tended to die young and on their head­stone it would say left wife and eight chil­dren and the sto­ries of the women, they had to raise eight to 12 chil­dren on their own, run a pub, take in the wash­ing and were known to be the seam­stresses in the area, they just worked them­selves into the floor, they were the true pi­o­neers.

“And we have the hus­band of the only woman hung in Queens­land in that ceme­tery, she was hung be­cause she was re­ported to have mur­dered her hus­band, we’ve got some real char­ac­ters and sto­ries.”

Find out about the lives of over 20 peo­ple and then cel­e­brate the lives of the peo­ple who helped to build the community with light re­fresh­ments at the “wake” af­ter the tour.

The tour is free, no book­ings nec­es­sary and starts at 5.30pm this Sun­day and will go for around an hour. Meet at the Port Dou­glas Ceme­tery, Port Dou­glas Road.

WALK BACK IN TIME: Stephen Old­ham will host a tour of the Port

Dou­glas Ceme­tery

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