Westwood

 Pos S 23°36.238 
E 150°09.413
Westwood is a tiny village on the main highway between Rockhampton and Emerald, on a road that angles west and north. In earlier days it was an important staging post for settlers travelling north up the 'downs' country, allowing them easy access to the coast over an otherwise quite steep escarpment. Here herds of cattle and wheeled vehicles could quite easily reach the river port and towns were spaced in easy day-trek distances.

Now Westwoods importance has waned and it is merely a service station and rail crossing on a country highway. The cemetery is some distance back from the road, over the railway line and down a muddy, rutted lane that ends in an enormous expanse of long, wind-rippled grass through which rusting iron frames and headstones project. It too is still laid out in the 'family plot' format of yesteryear.

Some shots of the overgrown Westwood cemetery, looking southwards back to the village.
Actual headstone data; + Data from other sources. Original data obtained by Alan Wagener, updates from historical records or from helpful readers.

  Surname: Davies-Graham First names: Ruby M. C. Born: 1881 At: Died: 1967 At: Age: 86 Buried: Westwood Comments: Wife of Lewis R. Davies-Graham.

  Surname: Davies-Graham First names: Lewis R. Born: 1882 At: Died: 1978 At: Age: 86 Buried: Westwood Comments: Husband of Ruby Davies-Graham.

  Surname: Howkins First names: Emily Born: 1892 At: Died: 5 Mar 1958 At: Age: 66 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Howkins First names: Frances Born: 1838 At: Died: 1922 At: Age: 94 Buried: Westwood Comments: Wife of Joseph Howkins.

  Surname: Howkins First names: Joseph Born: 1842 At: Died: 1909 At: Age: 67 Buried: Westwood Comments: Husband of Frances Howkins.

  Surname: Howkins First names: Tom Born: 1881 At: Died: 11 Jan 1957 At: Age: 76 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Lawrie First names: Alexander Greig Born: 1874 At: Allynbrook, NSW Died: 1945 At: Age: 71 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Lawrie First names: Alexander Greig Ellis Born: 1907 At: Lorn, NSW Died: 1978 At: Rockhampton, QLD Age: 71 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Lawrie née Norrie First names: Ilma Born: 1881 At: West Maitland, NSW Died: 1955 At: Age: 74 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Lawrie First names: Ruth Bonnington Born: 1922 At: Died: 1 Feb 1944 At: Age: 22 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Martin First names: Emily Born: 1879 At: Died: 19 Oct 1904 At: Age: 25 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: McDuff First names: Jane Born: 1867 At: Died: 17 May 1947 At: Age: 80 Buried: Westwood Comments: Wife of William McDuff.

  Surname: McDuff First names: William Born: 1864 At: Died: 24 Apr 1937 At: Age: 73 Buried: Westwood Comments: 'dear brother'. Husband of Jane McDuff.

  Surname: McLaren First names: Margaret Born: 19 Dec 1813 At: Bridgend, Perthshire, Scotland Died: 1886 At: Age: 73 Buried: Westwood Comments: Widow of James McLaren who was killed by aborigines on 'Kinnoul' run 4 August, 1854, and buried there (now known as 'Warlarna', near Taroom). After his death she took up selections 'Melginch', 'Isla' and 'Southend' on the Dawson River. This headstone restored 1996.

  Surname: McLaren First names: William Born: At: Died: At: Killed by Aborigines at 'Kinnoul', NSW Age: Buried: near Taroom Comments: Husband of Margaret McLaren. See notes above.

  Surname: Ohl First names: Christian Ludwig Born: 1855 At: Died: 8 Jun 1919 At: Age: 64 Buried: Westwood Comments: Husband of Martha Ohl. 'Dear father'.

  Surname: Ohl First names: Martha Born: 1879 At: Died: 29 Jul 1943 At: Age: 64 Buried: Westwood Comments: Wife of Christian Ludwig Ohl. 'loving sons + daughters'.

  Surname: Peacock First names: Elsie May Born: 24 Mar 1903 At: Mt. Morgan, QLD Died: 28 Dec 1903 At: Westwood, QLD Age: 8 months Buried: Westwood Comments: Infant daughter of Thomas & Annie Peacock.

  Surname: Sawyer First names: Isabella Born: 1873 At: Died: 24 Mar 1947 At: Age: 74 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Sawyer First names: Jane Born: 1836 At: Died: 25 Jun 1907 At: Age: 71 Buried: Westwood Comments: 'dear mother'

  Surname: Sheridan First names: Florence Ivy Born: 1888 At: Died: 20 Aug 1962 At: Age: 74 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Sheridan First names: Lola Born: 1927 At: Died: 15 Aug 1948 At: Age: 21 Buried: Westwood Comments: Wife of Kevin Sheridan.

  Surname: Sheridan First names: Michael Born: 1828 At: Died: 8 Aug 1902 At: Age: 74 Buried: Westwood Comments: 'wife + children'. Husband of Sarah Eager Sheridan.

  Surname: Sheridan First names: Richard Brinsley Born: 1873 At: Died: 20 Aug 1956 At: Age: 83 Buried: Westwood Comments:

  Surname: Sheridan First names: Sarah Eager Born: 1833 At: Died: 8 Aug 1914 At: Age: 81 Buried: Westwood Comments: Wife of Michael Sheridan.

  Surname: Wollschlager First names: Lionel Bernard Born: 1928 At: Died: 16 Dec 1979 At: Age: 51 Buried: Westwood Comments:

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