The West End cemetery was Townsville's first cemetery. It was surveyed in 1865 and gazetted in 1872, although the first burial took place in 1868, that of Capt. Henry Sinclair who founded Bowen.
There are estimated to have been over 8,000 burials in the cemetery. Unlike most early cemeteries the West End cemetery is not divided into denominational areas.
The cemetery closed to new burials in 1930.
This is a WORK IN PROGRESS. Lisa Crompton Commenced photographing the headstones in early 2014. Additional photographs are being added as they are taken.
Many thanks must go to John Weir and His Mate John Weis who have worked tirelessly for many years to clean up and index burials in this cemetery. All of their work is done on a voluntary basis. Without whom there would be no index for this cemetery and it would still be in a delapidated state. While in the area, visit this cemetery on a Tuesday or Thursday, and have a chat with them. They are a wealth of knowledge and information, and only too happy to share with any one who visits.
Townsville City Council
7 Nov 2014
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