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Cooktown Nth Qld - what records exist for 1850s to 1890s
Posted by: Anne Whiteford (ID *****5040) Date: January 30, 2005 at 06:41:15
  of 1996

My gg grandfather, James Bernard Wylie Whiteford, was a Police Segeant in Cooktown. He was born in Melbourne in the mid 1850s and took off very young to "see the world". I have been advised by Judy Webster I can look up his police file which I will do when I am next up in Brisbane.

What records would exist for Cooktown in the period from the 1840s to 1900?

Does anybody know how big Cooktown was?

He married Annie Smythe and they had at least one son while in Cooktown, also James Bernard Wylie Whiteford born abt 1886. They were Catholic and presumably attended the local church - does anybody know what this or the Parish was? What schools existed in Cooktown. I know their son James came down to Nudgee College and boarded there for high school

Were there any local Cooktown papers which might be online? What was the local paper called?

Any information which might help me get a feel for Cooktown appreciated. Any information about the family would be great.


Anne Whiteford

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