The Apple Tree Creek Cemetery, established in the late 1890s, stands as a testament to the region's fascinating history and the lives of countless individuals who shaped the community.
Originally named Bodalla, the area underwent significant transformations in its early years of settlement, witnessing the rise of sugar mills, the establishment of farms and the influx of settlers.
Listed among Bundaberg Regional Council's Local Heritage Places this article delves into the intriguing history of the cemetery, which not only serves as a final resting place for the departed but also as a reflection of the region's past.
From settlement to sugar mills
In the late 19th century the establishment of sugar mills played a pivotal role in shaping the Apple Tree Creek district.
Three prominent sugar mills including Knockroe, CSR (Childers) and Isis Central brought about an influx of settlers and spurred the growth of sugar cane farms.
Then followed a thriving community of up to 50 farmers, a school, a hotel, a store and even a band rotunda in the recreational reserve.
As settlement flourished the need for a dedicated burial ground became evident.
In the 1890s, the Apple Tree Creek Cemetery Trust was formed with the goal of establishing a cemetery for the area.
By 1896 the cemetery on Drummond Street was ready for its first burial, marking the beginning of its enduring legacy.
With its close proximity to neighbouring towns, the Apple Tree Creek Cemetery extended its role as the final resting place not only for its own district but also for Childers and South Isis from the 1940s onwards.
The Apple Tree Creek Cemetery holds immense historical significance, reflecting the evolution of the region's settlements and their intertwined histories.
Discover more local history in Bundaberg Now's podcast: cemeteries a window to the past.
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