Great Barrier Reef Sights

Mrs. Watson's Memorial

  • Charlotte St. Map It
  • Cooktown
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 08/07/2014

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Erected in the late 19th century, the monument commemorates the survivor of an Aboriginal attack on Lizard Island in 1881. Mrs. Watson—along with her infant son and a Chinese servant—escaped to a nearby island, only to die of thirst. It's thought that the hapless woman, the wife of a local fisherman, was attacked because the couple's homestead had been erected, unwittingly, on sacred land. Mary Watson's monument, beautifully sculpted in the Victorian Gothic style, was funded by the public.

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Charlotte St., between Green and Furneaux Sts., Cooktown, Queensland, 4895, Australia

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Published 08/07/2014


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