W is for Wallumbilla and Winton

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Wallumbilla Cemetery, Queensland

Descendants of the Kunkel family, the Lee and Paterson families lived in Wallumbilla. Louisa Lee nee Kunkel was the fifth child of George Kunkel and his wife Mary O’Brien. Louisa died on 22 December 1914, the second of their children to die over the Christmas period.

Louisa Lee died 22 December 1914, her husband James Lee on 10 February 1944.
Annie Grace Fiedler, nee Lee, Louisa’s and James’s daughter.

Winton Cemetery, Queensland

My grandfather’s aunt, Agnes Mellick, lived in Winton for many years of her adult life. She arrived with her parents, Bridget and James Sherry in 1883 at Rockhampton. On arrival her name is given as Bridget but she later used Agnes.

Agnes Mellick Winton cemetery

Observant readers will note some anomalies in the gravestones which is presumably why there are two on the grave. However, there’s also an anomaly between these details and the BDM indexes.

Winton. (1926, October 8). The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved April 28, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39342920

Life in the west was challenging and often-times dangerous. These are a few of the gravestones which caught my attention.

Alexander Fraser DUNN died 18 May 1913

Family Notices (1913, May 23). Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1907 – 1915), p. 2. Retrieved April 28, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31398043
Harold L G JOHNSON died 28 December 1912.

SUSPECTED LIGHTNING FATALITY. (1912, December 31). Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved April 28, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169616849
John GILMORE died Winton 17 June 1910.

WESTERN WIRES (1910, June 18). The Evening Telegraph (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1901 – 1921), p. 5. Retrieved April 28, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212793594
Joseph Knox TAYLOR of NZ died 6 July 1914
Winton Notes. (1914, July 15). Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 – 1954), p. 10. Retrieved April 28, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60092736

Cemetery Searching Wishlist

I’m keen to visit Wallerawang Cemetery near Lithgow to follow up some of “my” Germans.

14 thoughts on “W is for Wallumbilla and Winton

      1. Sure is. I remember having to get vaccinations for both when we first travelled overseas. I’ve seen so many infant deaths, in burial registers, from illnesses they are now protected from.


  1. I’ve also found differences between dates on gravestones and in vital records for some of my ancestors. The rule of thumb seems to be: go with the paperwork unless the stone is all there is. The downward pointing hand on HLC Johnson’s grave was a common symbol for those who died suddenly, as supported by his obituary.

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    1. Interesting about the symbol…so many have meanings but I’ve not delved deep enough into them. I agree, I wouldn’t take te dates on the stone as gospel for my own family without checking.


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