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A cairn commemorates the British explorer Edmund Besley Court Kennedy, who was killed by Aborigines on Cape York Peninsula in December 1848. Kennedy's exploratory work helped to open far north Queensland to pastoral settlement in the mid-19th century.
Plaques in honour of the last and most famous expedition of Edmund Kennedy, surveyor and explorer, have now been erected at Cardwell, Tully and Cooktown. The plaque at Cooktown was unveiled on September 25 by Mrs. Louise E. Boyd an 83-year-old pioneer of the Peninsula, who was the first white woman in the area north of Laura. Louisa Creek in the Peninsula has been named after her. Practically the whole of Cooktown's population, and passengers from the vessel Wandana, attended the unveiling ceremony.
The cairn, which is 6 feet in height with a base of 6 feet is built of Cooktown granite. The foundation was laid by Mr. J. Hare, late foreman of the Cook Shire Council, and completed by two council employees, Messrs P. Boseler and F. Sykes. The cairn was draped with the Australian flag and Union Jack when Mrs. Boyd stepped forward to perform the ceremony
Cairns Post, Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD), 30 September 1948.
|Address:||Charlotte Street, Cooktown, 4895|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -15.463736|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Manufacturer:||Cook Shire Council|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 25th September, 1948|
EDMUND BESLEY COURT KENNEDY J.P.
Landed At Rockingham Bay 24 May 1848
On His Memorable Exploring Expedition
Of Cape York Peninsula.
Of The 13 Members, The Leader Was
Fatally Speared In December At Escape River
Within Sight Of His Goal.
Nine Perished En Route And Two Europeans And
The Aborigine Jackey-Jackey Were Rescued.
Unveiled 25 September 1948
W.C.H. Hodges, Chairman, Shire Council.