Y is for Yungaburra

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.

Yungaburra, North Queensland

Yungaburra is on the Atherton Tablelands, south of Cairns and was established as a European settlement in the 1880s. https://www.yungaburra.com/local-info/yungaburra-history/

One of the early European settlers was John Musto Roseblade, whose wife, Lucy was a younger sister to my 2xgreat grandfather William Partridge from Coleford in Gloucestershire, near the Forest of Dean. Roseblade selected 153 acres in 1891.

The Roseblades arrived in Queensland in 1886 on the Duke of Westminster with their children, Charles 11, Lucy 8, Gertrude. John Musto stated his occupation was a mason and that all the family came from Wiltshire (well, not Lucy).

The Roseblades on the Duke of Westminster 1886. Queensland State Archives Item ID: ITM18483

John Musto ROSEBLADE died 31 May 1916, Lucy ROSEBLADE nee PARTRIDGE died 25 July 1923.

“YUNGABURRA NOTES.” Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) 6 June 1916: 4. Web. 29 Apr 2023 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40035441&gt;.
Transmission by Death Government notices. Advertising (1916, October 9). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 – 1947), p. 6. Retrieved April 29, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article176364835
Death of Mrs. J. M. Roseblade. (1923, August 8). The Northern Herald (Cairns, Qld. : 1913 – 1939), p. 4. Retrieved April 29, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148750084

I was pleased to find this delightful image of Lucy and John’s son, Charles William, commencing his mail run c1905 via Trove. (2014). Charles William Roseblade commencing the mailrun over sixty Russell River Goldfields, Queensland, ca. 1905.

Charles William Roseblade commencing the mailrun over sixty Russell River Goldfields, Queensland, ca. 1905. Negative number: 32652 State Library of Queensland

1902 ‘NORTH QUEENSLAND MAIL SERVICES.’, The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1874 – 1954), 22 December, p. 2. , viewed 29 Apr 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84847868

10 thoughts on “Y is for Yungaburra

  1. The Roseblade monument is impressive. I love the expression “crossed the great divide” in Mr. J.M. Roseblade’s obituary — and how wonderful to find a photo of his son Charles.

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  2. Yungaburra rolls off the tongue. I went searching for its meaning and found it to be “Meeting Place”.
    It would have provided the new settlers with a different environment to Wiltshire.

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    1. I tried to find about “meeting place” but not much joy. Did find an article about the massacre of Indigenous peoples on the Tablelands though…utterly sickening and shameful.

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