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Footsteps through time—Cooktown remembers

The Cooktown RSL buried a time capsule at Grassy Hill almost forty years ago and there’s much local speculation and interest in its contents on this significant anniversary of the First World War.

The milestone of the Anzac Centenary prompted the RSL to open the time capsule as part of their 2015 Anzac Day dawn service. As well, the Cook Shire Council and the RSL (Cooktown sub-branch) planned a 30 kilometre ‘remembrance walk’ the week before Anzac Day.

The purpose of the walk was to acknowledge the many lives in the community that were changed by the war. There were 180 walkers, one for each of the 180 local men who joined up for the First World War, and each participant proudly wore the name tag of a local soldier who went away to war.

At the time, Sally Eales was the Tourism and Events Officer with the Cook Shire Council. She believed these two activities were a fitting tribute to the men who sacrificed so much and hoped the walk would become an annual event.

“A lot of local men joined up for the war a hundred years ago and many of them didn’t return. We think this year’s Anzac commemoration will be very meaningful for our community. I know of one family, whose relative was killed in the war, who are coming back to Cooktown just to do the walk. So this is a great connection.”

The time capsule and remembrance walk also complemented Cooktown’s historical society’s own tribute to the Anzacs, an exhibition called Behind the Lines which opened on Anzac Day 2015.

Explore the Anzac Legacy Gallery


Now open at Queensland Museum, the new Anzac Legacy Gallery tells the fascinating story of the First World War in Queensland.

Visit Queensland Museum to discover stories, objects and journeys that trace how the war changed the face of Queensland and continues to shape our lives, a century later.

Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program

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Last updated
3 December, 2018

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