Constable Michael Dwyer's Grave
Stratford Heritage Trail

This is the oldest marked European grave in the Cairns area and indicates the resting place of 26 year old, Irish born 'Constable of Escort' Michael Dwyer who accidentally shot himself during target shooting practice on 19 July 1877. In March 1986 as a result of increasing illegibility of the headstone, Mulgrave Shire Councils' Parks and Recreation Department erected the smaller concrete plaque. Continued erosion of the river bank threatened Dwyer's remains and they were exhumed and moved into Stratford. Dwyer's exhumation began on 20 July 2003, exactly 126 years after his burial. 

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