War Cemeteries

Japanese War Cemeteries in Cowra

Cowra was one of five locations with a detention camp detaining Japanese prisoners of war and civilian internees. There were 18 camps throughout Australia, prisoner of War camp number 12 in Cowra had a capacity of 4,000 prisoners. The Japanese compound had a capacity of 1,000 and the population increased to 1,100 by July 1944. … Read more

St George Anglican Cemetery Est 1861

Front of the St George Anglican Cemetery in Gawler, established 1861

The St George Anglican Cemetery is Gawler’s oldest cemetery, established in 1861. Originally known as the Church of England Cemetery Gawler, it was designed by Canon Coombs, then Reverend Coombs. Canon Coombs is buried in the center plot, a large area with the path separating down either side. W.H. Coombs died 23rd September 1896. The … Read more

Tallegalla Cemetery

Large Jacaranda trees at the front of a cemetery, Tallegalla Cemetery

The Tallegalla Cemetery is a heritage place in the Ipswich City Council. It started with several names before it settled on its final name. On the 3rd April 1872, Charles Freeman selected 80 acres of Rosewood Scrub at Tallegalla. On 2nd May 1876, 10 acres of his land was resurveyed for a cemetery and church … Read more

Asian Cemetery

Grave sites in the Asian Cemetery in Cossack

The Asian Cemetery at Cossack is one of two established cemeteries in the abandoned town. Cossack was were the pearling industry began in Western Australia before it moved to Broome. The Asian cemetery is mainly of Japanese working in the pearling industry as divers. There are at least seven Japanese buried in the Asian cemetery, … Read more


Tombstone mark of respect for William Shakespeare Hall in Cossack Cemetery

New settlements in Australia were often harsh. Cemeteries can be a good place for learning the stories met by settlers and the Cossack Cemeteries tell of how unforgiving the North West was. There are two cemeteries with marked graves in Cossack, the European based graves and the Japanese Graves in a separate cemetery. The pioneers … Read more

Major J. F. Thomas

Grave in a cemetery with a brown sign above it, Major J.F. Thomas, taken at Tenterfield cemetery

The grave of Major James Francis Thomas (Major J F Thomas) is in the cemetery in Tenterfield. Thomas was born in 1861 in St Marys NSW, starting his career in law in Sydney before moving to Tenterfield. Major Thomas went to the war with Sir Harry Chauvel, another historical military person from the Tenterfield region. … Read more

Historical Site

Monument for the historical site of the St Peter's Lutheran Church at Headington Hill

The historical site at Nevilton marks the location of the St Peter’s Lutheran Church of Headington Hill. It is one of two Lutheran churches that were amalgamated into a single site for the Lutheran Church at Nobby , the other being St Peter’s Lutheran Church Mount Kent . The Headington Hill church was built in … Read more

Pioneer Graves

Pioneer Graves site

The Pioneer Graves are three graves of pioneers in the Fassifern area, Alexander Balbi, Sarah Campbell Mercer, and Anders Nielsen. A monument in front of the graves provides information on the pioneers and of the area’s history. The front of the monument reads: To Honour the Pioneers of the Past Who Built the Prosperous Present … Read more

Fred Hollows

Fred Hollows was an ophthalmologist who is known for his work in restoring eyesight to countless people, in Australia and abroad. He was born in New Zealand in 1929 and studied ophthalmology in England before moving to Australia in 1965. He became an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of New South Wales. In … Read more

Nat Buchanans Grave

Nat Buchanan’s Grave is in the general cemetery at Walcha in New South Wales. Nat (Nathaniel) was a pastoralist, explorer, and pioneer in Australia with many feats from the 1860s through to the 1890s. A plaque next to his grave credits him with the following accomplishments: 1860-1867 – first to stock and manage Bowen Downs … Read more