Final Resting Place of 19 Children Who Died in a Mackay, Queensland, Australia, Orphanage in Late 1800s a Local Mystery

Posted by Jean-Yves on Dec 4, 2017

A Mackay historian is determined to recognise the lives of 19 children who died in a malaria-ridden orphanage in the late 1800s and whose final resting place remains a mystery.

The St Joseph’s (also called Merara) Orphanage was established in 1874 to care for orphaned and abandoned boys and girls on a site in north Mackay now known as Bucasia.

In 1885, when doctors and inspectors began recording the mounting deaths of children and the increasingly sickly appearance of others, the surviving children were relocated to a Rockhampton orphanage.

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