Lonely grave at Kookabookra

The late 19th century saw this part of New England being explored (and exploited) for valuable resources (e.g. gold, silver, tin, copper, antimony, precious stones). Two adjacent areas north from where I live are Kookabookra and Bear Hill. While these two locales had small but vibrant communities over a century ago, there’s nothing that remains today.

Update: I’m told that there are ruins to be seen – they’re on private property and not visible from the road.

Armed with a GPSr I located the Kookabookra Cemetery and found a lone gravestone. Presumably other grave markers were made of wood and have long since rotted away.

Ellen Meehan (née Pearce) died on June 16, 1898 as a result of “inflammation of the lungs”. She was 33 years old and had already had 9 children.

Death at Kookabookra.—Mrs.
Meehan, wife of Mr. R. Meehan, of
this township, died on Wednesday
last (15th inst.) about midnight from
inflammation of the lungs, and was in-
terred in the local cemetery on Friday
(17th.) The deceased lady was uni-
versally respected, and it is computed
that over 80 persons assembled to
husband and nine small children are
left behind to mourn an irreparable
loss. Mr. Boyne read the Catholic
service over the grave.

The above text appeared in “The Armidale Chronicle”, June 22, 1898.

6 thoughts on “Lonely grave at Kookabookra

  1. John H

    This is my great grandmothers grave. Ellen Meehan nee Pearce. He husband was Richard Michael Meehan who managed the local shop and post office in Kookabookra. He is buried beside her. One of Ellen’s daughters was Ellen Matilda Meehan, my grandmother and she was 3 years old when her mother died. My grandmother married Cleve Harvey and had 3 sons, one of which was my father Ross Pearce Harvey. It is fantastic for our family to know where this grave is.

  2. Bob

    This grave sits in a gazetted grave yard where there are also many other graves. Armidale Regional Council needs to at least mark off the site of this grave yard and not leave it to be ploughed up and be forgotten.

  3. John Harvey

    I have now been and visited my great grandmothers grave at Kookabookra in April 2023. Quite a moving experience. Easy to find just use Google maps and it takes you straight to the Old Kookabookra cemetery. John Harvey

  4. John Harvey

    Yes I am aware of that. Dont know which side though. I believe the Armidale Council has no records that I could find. It used to be the Guyra council before the amalgamation.


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