Irvinebank

 
 Pos S  17° 25' 59"
E 145° 11' 37"
To get to Irvinebank one has to travel to Atherton. Then over the range to Herberton. Then over the next range to Irvinebank, and by the time you manage to wind over the rough gravel road you certainly begin to appreciate the tenacity and dedication of the pioneers who transported everything they needed over the same route. The country becomes increasingly arid, although the gum trees tenaciously cling to every ridge.

When you do arrive, it is to find a series of old buildings huddled together in tightly grouped and steep gullies. Even today it is less than easy to turn the car around to drive back out. Where the old people got their water from must be a story in itself, for today there is a small dam and modern filtration facilities - necessary when you read the warning signs about how the water is unfit to drink directly.

The town existed solely for tin. Tin was initially dug out of the steep river beds, then later the Vulcan Mine opened and became the monopolistic operator of the town. It was therefore a Company Town, but as far as can be determined, it was a company willing to support the community, if in a somewhat autocratic way.

To find the cemetery you must drive through the town past the dam, and along a narrow track that eventually turns abruptly into a side gully, and you are surprised by the sudden appearance of headstones seemingly carefully standing tiptoe-style on the narrow piece of dig-able ground...
Actual headstone data; Cemetery data collected by Alan Wagener
 Data from other sourcesMouseover of blue cross will give headstone pic file to ask for.

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  Surname: Alexander
First names: Chas Turnbull Born: ca 1863 At: Died: 17 Nov 1912 At: Age: 49 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: .
  Surname: Arbouin
First names: James Born: 1830 At: Died: 1903 At: Age: 73 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: With Phyllis Arbouin, Ivy Hoult. Grandchildren?
  Surname: Arbouin
First names: Phyllis Born: At: Died: 1914 At: Age: 8 months Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: With James Arbouin. Grandchild?
  Surname: Armagnacq
First names: John Peter Born: 18 May 1886 At: Coolgarra, QLD Died: 10 Aug 1909 At: Irvinebank, QLD Age: 23 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: First male child born at Coolgarra. Accidently killed at the ball mill, Irvinebank.
  Surname: Armbrust
First names: Nicolous Born: ca 1846 At: Died: 6 Jul 1916 At: Age: 70 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: 'Our dear husband and father'. Erected by his loving wife and family.
  Surname: Barnes
First names: Rosanna Born: ca 1861 At: Died: 16 May 1912 At: Age: 51 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: A faithful mother at rest'.
  Surname: Bell
First names: Mary Born: ca 1850 At: Died: 11 Apr 1917 At: Age: 67 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments:
  Surname: Benness
First names: Dolly Born: At: Died: 28 Jul 1906 At: Age: Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Daughter of W & C Benness.
  Surname: Bliss
First names: Ettie Kathlene Born: ca 1891 At: Died: 27 Nov 1911 At: Age: 20 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Wife of Robert (Bob) Bliss (he was locomotive driver).
  Surname: Boor
First names: George Born: At: Died: 29 May 1907 At: Age: Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Smelter manager.
  Surname: Hoult
First names: Ivy Born: At: Died: 1914 At: Age: 10 months Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: With James Arbouin. Grandchild?
  Surname: Kirkman née Blundell
First names: Harriet Born: ca 1869 At: Died: 24 Dec 1947 At: Age: 78 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Wife of John Kirkman.
  Surname: Kirkman
First names: Henry George Born: ca 1896 At: Died: 12 Jan 1945 At: Age: 49 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Presumed to be son of John & Harriet Kirkman. 'Our dear brother'.
  Surname: Kirkman
First names: James Taylor Born: ca 1901 At: Died: 18 Sep 1954 At: Age: 53 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Presumed to be son of John & Harriet Kirkman. 'Our dear brother'.
  Surname: Kirkman
First names: John Born: ca 1828 At: Died: 13 Sep 1928 At: Age: 80 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Spouse of Harriet née Blundell.
  Surname: Kirkman
First names: John Lachlan Born: ca 1893 At: Died: 19 Aug 1962 At: Age: 69 Buried: Irvinebank, QLD Comments: Presumed to be son of John & Harriet Kirkman.

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