Take a journey along the Bruce Highway and enjoy these stories of trailblazers, heroes, victims and everyday people caught up in extraordinary events.

From the Sunshine Coast to Cooktown,  read about how two nurses in Maryborough in 1905 gave their lives to save a town from an outbreak of pneumonic plague; the unsolved mystery of how Mollie Thompson’s body ended up in an impossibly hard to reach water reservoir; the migrant who created his dream and shared it with generations; the mother and her five children who lost their lives in the Mackay cyclone; how gold fever saved the state from going broke; why the first person to be hanged in Rockhampton goal was a bent cop; the inscription on a tree on the Sunshine Coast that reflects a tumultuous sea journey; and the 13 RAAF members who came to rest permanently in Townsville, to name a few.

Grave Tales’ features people who willingly or unwilling were participants in events that made headlines. These people may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now.

Also available in the Grave Tales series:


Journalists, Helen Goltz and Chris Adams have between them spent many decades in the print and electronic media working for network television,  radio, and state and community newspapers. With a joint love of history, digging for a good story and storytelling, they have collaborated to create a series of books that brings our history to life again.

Connect: read more on the Grave Tales website. Connect with the authors on the Grave Tales Facebook page.

BUY THE BOOK: purchase the paperback now for $25 inc. postage in Australia from the Grave Tales shop; or purchase the paperback or e-book from the sellers listed in our Bookshop.

BOOK INFORMATION – available in paperback and ebook
ISBN: 978-0-9943762-4-4

Format: Trade paperback and ebook
Pages: 300pp
Publication date: 1 October 2018.
Category: True story, biography, non-fiction, Australiana, history, modern history, crime, mystery.
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