Kilcoy Cemetery with Grave of Kenny and Super MacDonald in foreground

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The foreground grave is the burial place of 2 aboriginal men who lived out their lives on Yabba Station, on the Jimna Range north of Kilcoy. Their memorial stones are inscribed:

In Memory of Super who died 3rd May 1947 aged 62 years. Born at Cooktown. Devoted servant to the MacDonald Family at Dotswood and Yabba Stations for 55 years.

In Memory of Kenny who died 30th January 1959 at Yabba Station Aged 76 years. A Grand Old Man.

The Footstone reads "MacDonald".

Dotswood Station is located on the Burdekin River near Charters Towers in North Queensland.

These two men, I understand, were brothers who removed from their aboriginal mother by a police man and given to Mr MacDonald. They lived at Yabba Station during the era that Charles H MacDonald then his son "Boy" MacDonald managed Yabba Station, c 1908 till their respective deaths. It is known that Kenny took an interest in photography and included among his subjects were Yabba Falls which are just below Yabba Homestead.

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Comments (5)

bdeh on August 17, 2012

Nice shot and great memorial to the aborignal men Ian. Greetings Berend

gezginruh on August 17, 2012

Nice and interesting. Thanks dear Ian.

Warmly. Fü

Ian Stehbens on October 4, 2012

Hello Berend,

I am very pleased to have found their graves, and to be able to record here a little of their story. I can recall seeing Kenny in the mid 1950s, on the occasions that he came to our local country show. He was a real gentleman. I recall my uncle who was a local business man remarking that "He was a real gentleman. He always shakes your hand."

But I would also hope that somewhere someone has a copy of Kenny's photographs, especially of Yabba Station and Yabba Falls.

Ian

Ian Stehbens on October 4, 2012

One day, when you are here, dear , we will be able to sit and share many special stories and see special places for you to remember or to photograph and take home with you.

Warmest regards,

Ian

Ian Stehbens on October 27, 2012

I knew Kenny MacDonald, though I didn't know Super. I remember Kenny as a polite gentleman shaking people's hands when he attended the pastoral, agricultural and horticultural show at Imbil each year. It is only recently that I learned of his interest in photography, and I hope that someone somewhere has some of his photographs!

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Photo taken in Kilcoy Cemetary, D'Aguilar Highway, Woolmar QLD 4515, Australia

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