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Researching the past.
We've had a few lovely days exploring the cemeteries at Charters Towers.
The poineer cemetery contains the graves of some infants from our family who didn't survive the harsh conditions and lack of medicines on the Goldfields. In the newer cemetery is the grave of our Norwegian Great-great grandparents. It's ironic that the ironwork around the graves was probably the work of my great grandfather, who was a blacksmith, though he shifted to Townsville in 1885 and carried on his trade there. We've been told that it's not much use re-erecting the marble gravestones, as now and again vandals target the cemetery, which is a great shame.
My Dads country school near Ingham was in operation for 75 years before it was closed. He attended there with his sister and cousins, members of a large family. At the 75th Anniversary reunion, he was the oldest ex-pupil, and had the honour of cutting the cake. It was quite an emotional moment for him!
I'm sure many of us have a lot more history to record. I now have six folders, with many families, all interlinked....and that's only in Australia.