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Cape Moreton Lighthouse Burial Site
Moreton Island, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Contributed by Judith Dickson, Jul 15, 2007 [judy_dickson@brisnet.org.au]. Total records = 4.

Cape Moreton Lighthouse Burial Site is located on the northern point of Moreton Island at the northern entrance to Moreton Bay at the lighthouse reserve.

Cape Moreton was the first lighthouse to be built in what is now Queensland, but it was built as a New South Wales light in 1857 before Queensland became a separate colony.

A stone has been erected in more recent times to Mary Ann Griffin, wife of an early lighthouse keeper Thomas Griffin, and to three of their children, all of whom died and were buried here. I understand that although the remains were thought lost, they were subsequently located at the Queensland Museum, having been originally mistaken for aboriginal remains. They have now been re-interred at the lighthouse reserve.

The stone with its commemorative plaque is located just outside the lighthouse reserve fence, adjacent to the track to the lookout. It was erected by Mary Ann Griffin’s Great Grandson Philip Shanahan in 1995.

- Judith Dickson

Griffin, Edward, d. 4 Feb 1883, aged 8yrs, s/w Mary Ann Griffin (mother), Robert and Florence Griffin (siblings)
Griffin, Florence, d. 9 Oct 1872, aged 6days, s/w Mary Ann Griffin (mother), Robert and Edward Griffin (siblings)
Griffin, Mary Ann, d. 8 Aug 1876, aged 37yrs, w/o Lightkeeper Thomas Griffin, s/w Florence, Robert and Edward Griffin (children)
Griffin, Robert, d. 23 Oct 1873, aged 24days, s/w Mary Ann Griffin (mother), Florence and Edward Griffin (siblings)

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