Donald Sutherland – Historic Grave Site

FIRST REGISTERED GRAVE ON THE GYMPIE GOLD FIELDS

Albrecht Road, off Old Maryborough Rd, Corella (Gympie)

Donald Sutherland, a teamster, brought supplies in from Maryborough to the miners of the Gympie gold fields. Supplies were shipped from Brisbane to Maryborough and then as Sutherland did, delivered them on to Gympie.

Donald Sutherland had an unfortunate demise on the evening of Friday, 18 September 1868. Sleeping overnight at Seven Mile (now Corella) beneath his loaded dray wagon due to rainy weather, the dray unfortunately gave way in the soft, muddy ground and rolled onto him.

Other reports were that Sutherland was not a well man. He had heart problems and other speculation was he had a heart attack overnight and was found dead the next morning.

The Rotary Club of Gympie – Cooloola restored the site and headstone in 1986, with signage erected at the location of Sutherland’s grave. Circa 1994, due to the realignment of the rail corridor, fencing and retaining wall works were completed by Queensland Rail contractors. The grave was also raised two feet to above ground level due to its low lying position. Sadly, the removal of a gum tree that originally marked the site of Sutherland’s grave was also undertaken. The gum tree was reported (The Gympie Times) as being one of two believed to be up to two-hundred years old at the site.

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Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Tuesday 22 September 1868, page 3

“A carried named Southerland (sic), en route to this place from Maryborough, died on Friday night last, at the seven-mile camping ground. He had been ailing a long time, and, it is supposed, died of disease of the heart. A magisterial inquiry has been held, but I have not learned the verdict”
– Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser,
Tuesday 22 September 1868, page 3. 

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Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Saturday 26 September 1868, page 2

“DEATH. On the 18th September, at Gympie, suddenly, Donald Sutherland, aged 32 years, leaving a wife and two children, with his mother and brother, to mourn their loss”  –  Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Saturday 26 September 1868, page 2

Donald Sutherland married Flora Ann McKinnon on 27 October 1863. Together they had three children, although sadly their son, John passed away at 6 days old. On Donald’s passing, Flora was left widowed with their two daughters, Margaret Mary and Christina who were only 4 and 1 years old, respectively.

Flora Ann Sutherland (nee McKinnon)
Born: Circa 1842, England (however the McKinnon’s were Scottish, and lived in Scotland)
Arrived: 14 August 1854, aged 12 years (along with her 13 year old sister Mary). Their father had travelled over in 1853. Sadly their mother passed the same year and the two girls travelled on ship ‘Genghis Khan’ to join their father who eventually settled in Tiaro, Queensland.
Married: 27 October 1863 (to Donald Sutherland)
Died:  24 July 1897. Buried Maryborough Cemetery

Donald Sutherland
Born: 1836, Scotland
Arrived:  Interestingly, Donald also came over on the same ship as Flora on the ‘Genghis Khan’. Donald was 19 years old and travelled with older brother, John, aged 30 years.
Married: 27 October 1863 (to Flora Ann McKinnon)
Died: 18 September 1868, Seven Mile Camp (now Corella, Gympie, Qld)

CHILDREN:

Margaret Mary Sutherland.
Born: 3 September 1864
Married:  2 September 1886 (to Mr William Stacey) and remained in Maryborough.
Died:  25 January 1935. Buried Maryborough Cemetery.

John Sutherland. Born 13 August 1866. Died 19 August 1866.

Christina Sutherland.
Born: 1 August 1867.
Married:  27 December 1886 (to Mr Charles James Robinson).
Died: 16 March 1938, Burwood, New South Wales.