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Agency ID11695
TitleCooktown Cemetery Trust
Agency TypeBoard or Committee
Start Date 5/6/1875
End Date 3/4/1943
Date NotesN/A

Responsibility for maintenance of local cemeteries

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Series IDTitleFromTo
20751Cemetery Register - Cooktown Public Cemetery 5/6/1875 3/4/1943
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 31/8/1877 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 31/7/1930
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Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
603Cook Shire Council
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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette, Jan - June 1875, Vol XVI, No 67, p.1132
Queensland Government Gazette, Jan - June 1943, Vol. CLX, No. 73, p. 987
Queensland Government 1997, Cooktown Cemetery, Queensland Heritage Register, viewed 9 October 2015, .
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing Land Acts 1910 - 1941
Administered Cemetery Act 1865
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The Cemetery Act 1865, which repealed Section 75 of the Municipal Institutions Act 1864, gave the Governor-in-Council the power to appoint trustees to hold land in trust for the establishment of a public cemetery.

The Cooktown Cemetery Trust commenced when the five Trustees were appointed, appearing in the Queensland Government Gazette on 5 June 1875. Cemetery register records date from January 1877, however the oldest marked grave dates from mid 1874.

Trustees had the power to enclose any land granted and conveyed for cemetery purposes, and were responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery. All rules and regulations, accounts, and notification of the closing of a cemetery were to be published in the Queensland Government Gazette.

The Trust was under the control of the Colonial Secretary (31 Aug 1877 - 6 Aug 1896) and the Home Secretary (6 Aug 1896 - 31 July 1930).

Cooktown Cemetery was formally transferred from the Trust to Cook Shire Council under the provision of "The Land Acts 1910 to 1941", appearing in the Queensland Government Gazette on 3 April 1943.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11695, Cooktown Cemetery Trust
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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