Login

Davyhurst

Location: - Shire Menzies

Coordinates: 30.03S, 120.39E

Situated 53 kilometres south-west of Menzies, and approximately 120 kilometres northwest of Kalgoorlie

Reserve Number 7870 & 9453

Number of graves - 45

First Burial

20th May 1900 Rudolph Mulline aged 3 months died from diarrhoea and marasmus.

(MarasmusProgressive wasting away of body, like malnutrition)

Last Burial

28th February 1918 Joseph, whose parents were Benjamin James DELLAR (Labourer) & Eileen Grace HENDERSON, died after 3hours after a premature birth.

Age at Death

 0 – 1 year 

16

 20 – 29 years 

5

 60 – 69 years

3

 2 – 5 years

4

 30 – 39 years

4

 70 – 79 years

 

 6 – 9 years

 1

 40 – 49 years

5

 80 + years

 

 10 – 19 years

-

 50 – 59 years

7

 Unknown

 

 

Occupations

Brewer

1

Chemist

1

Miner

12

Woodcutter

1

Carrier

1

Housewife

2

Newsagent

1

 

 

Carter

1

Labourer

1

Store keeper

1

 

 

 

Cause of death

Accident

3

Heart failure

6

Phthisis

1

Suicide

3

Alcoholism

1

Malaria

1

Pneumonia

`4

Tetanus

1

Asthma

1

Marasmus

4

Premature birth

2

Typhoid

1

Diarrhoea

1

Mining accident

6

Rupture

1

Ulcer

1

Epilepsy

1

Murder

1

Still born

4

Unknown

2


Phthisis: Tuberculosis. Chronic wasting away or a name for tuberculosis.
MarasmusProgressive wasting away of body, like malnutrition

Discovery

Walter Davy and Charles Mace applied for two leases at Menzies on the 18th November 1899. He named the mine Waihi after a mine in New Zealand where he and friends mined for gold before travelling to W.A. Together with Patrick Glenny, Miller Mace (Charles Mace young son) they had found initially three reefs on the first day, and by the second day had pegged the Waihi (36 acres), and adjoining Melrose.
While Thomas Davys had the location of Davyhurst named after him, from the 1899 discovery of gold at the Waihi, it was W.E. Miller who first discovered gold in the area. He pegged the leases calling it Oasis, and awarded to him by the government as a reward lease.

Early History

About a mile from the mine a townsite was proclaimed and buildings were hastily erected. Three hotel licences were granted along with several businesses.
The proposed town site was initially declared as Davyston (presumably after Walter Davy) It was also known as Macy’s Find and Davyton. Warden Owen advised the Department that the town was better known as Davyhurst (the ‘hurst” coming from Hurstone farm where Davy lived before leaving England). This was the name given to the town when it was gazetted in 1901

Initially the prospectors extracted 138 tonnes for 835 ounces of gold. Glenny went abroad, spent big and returned to Davyhurst broke. Charles Mace died in 1924. Thomas Davys continued prospecting in the Murchison region. Miller Mace was a teenager at the time of the discovery. After leaving when the mine was sold, he appears to have become a semi professional gambler for a time with horse racing in Melbourne and Perth.
Late 1900, the Waihi Gold Mines NL was floated in Adelaide with 80 000 pounds capital. While initially rich, grades decreased over time and at depth. Shareholders suffered regular calls for more money. The company was under the impression the mine had been exhausted by 1907, and let it on tribute to Warrigal and Clarke (surnames), who discovered new ore, and made 3000 pounds in the space of four months. Tributers continued, until 1909 when the company abandoned the mine, for the Northern Star mine near Norseman. By this stage the mine had produced 26 192 tonnes of ore for 14 964 ounces of gold.
Despite a number of large pits surrounding the former town site they were large low grade lodes. By 1907 a writer noted not one mine was active in the area.
By September 1915 the adult population was down to thirty males and eighteen females.

Walter Davys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Walter Davys

Davyhurst

Davyhurst 2
 
 
 
 
Davyhurst 3
Waihi gold mine
 
 
 
 
 
 
Davyhurst map
Interesting Information

1. The story of E.E.Kurth is an interesting one, from school boy at Davyhurst to professor of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania. His family story is also an insight of the times. HTTPS://WWW.FRIENDSOFKURTHKILN.ORG.AU/ABOUT.HTML

2. Ora Banda Mining has large goldmining operations at Davyhurst https://www.orabandamining.com.au/projects/davyhurst/

References

Wikipedia
Landgate
Outback Family History

Special thanks to...

Research Consultants

Swan Genealogy

  • PO Box 1988
    Wangara DC, Western Australia 6947

  • 0409 680 207

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


©2019 Outback Grave Markers          ABN 80406126165. All rights reserved.

Web development by Joomstore.