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