Cardwell Cemetery contains a wealth of historical information, but its burial records, both official and unofficial are incomplete.
If you have information or family records that can help restore this vital part of our history we’d love to hear from you.
We plan to create a small display at the J. C. Hubinger Museum to aid this process of discovery.
The Kirrama Range Oral History project is a collection of stories from a time when the Great Depression of the 1930s dominated people’s lives worldwide.
The depression spawned the Public Estates Improvement (PEI) program in Australia, similar to the 2009 federal ‘stimulus’ program to counter the global financial crisis.
One major PEI project to provide work during the Great Depression was the construction of a road west of Kennedy up the slopes of Kirrama Range, a road which remains unfinished and in disrepair 80 years later.
CDHS has captured many interesting first-hand stories of those momentous times from Kirrama workers and their families. The CDHS also believes it is time the Kirrama road is restored and completed, to provide that direct link between Cardwell and the Tableland.
Cardwell‘s Rail Station is where the last spike was driven in 1924 to link the first and only rail line connecting Brisbane and Cairns. Refreshment Rooms and a Dining Room room operated in conjunction with the Rail Station until the 1950s.
From the 1920s through to the 1970s, fish and chip cafes, famous throughout the nation for the quality of their fresh catch and fast service, operated along Bowen Street and did a roaring trade when passenger trains pulled in.
Our Historical Society led a community wide effort to save this historic Queensland landmark from demolition or sale for removal after it was seriously damaged by cyclone Yasi in 2011.
We thank Queensland Rail for restoring the station building in late 2012. QR also advises that our 1924 Rail Station is listed as one of its heritage assets.