Outback Graves Markers

Robert Albert ASHWORTH (more)

Cause of Death: Inhalation of dynamite fumes

Ashworth settled in Bardoc some 8 or 9 years previously, where he remained until the time of his death. He was for some time carrying on cyanide operations in partnership with Mr. Hepburn. Mr Ashworth was married about ten months before his death and just a week prior to his death, his wife gave birth to a son.

Elizabeth Frances (VAUGHAN) BENDELL (more)

Cause of Death: Severe burns and shock

In 1898 at the young age of 19, Lizzie, as she was known, travelled with a group of 13 young girls to Australia.

Lizzie Bendell died from the shock of burns caused by her dress accidentally catching fire.   The deceased was putting some water into the copper as her servant, Eva Roberts, was doing the washing. A few minutes later, she came into the lockup where Eva Roberts was washing.  Miss Roberts turned and saw that Mrs Bendell’s dress was on fire.  She immediately called out to Mr Bendell.  Then Mrs Bendell ran from the lock-up to the police-station, a distance of about 20 yards, with Miss Roberts running after her, trying to pull the burning dress off, but to no avail.  Mrs Bendell ran into the office to her husband.

Meanwhile, Ralf Harris, a schoolboy aged about 10 years, was 15 yards from the police station gate.  He saw Mrs Bendell with her dress on fire, running towards the station, screaming.  She fell three times on the step.

By that time, she was only able to stand in the doorway, in full blaze.  Constable Norman Bendall was in his office and had just closed his monthly returns when he heard a loud scream.  On turning around on the office chair, he saw his wife standing in the doorway, in flames.   She was praying with her hands clasped, saying “Holy Mother of God, save me!"  Bendell clasped her in his arms as she said, “Norman, save your poor Lizzie!"

Norman Bendell blocked the flames from her breast and snatched a blanket from an adjoining room and placed it around her.  He carried her to the back verandah, where assistance then arrived, Mrs Smith coming quickly on the scene.  Constable Bendell sent an urgent telegram for Dr Kelly, of Broad Arrow, who arrived three quarters of an hour after the accident.  Dr Kelly did all that he possibly could do for Mrs Bendell, who was suffering from severe shock.  Nine-tenths of her body was burned and she was crying out in pain.  Even if she recovered from the shock, there was no hope of her recovering from the burns.  He raced to get a blanket and wrapped it around her as he hugged her, thus putting out the fire. But the lady was burned to nine tenths of her body. Crying in pain and conscious to the last, she succumbed to shock and died at sunset.

Elizabeth was the fifth of eleven children born to the Clerk of the Petty Sessions in Ireland.  Her siblings were: David John born 1873; George Francis born 1875; Edward Thomas born 1877; Norah Isabelle born 1878; Daniel Francis born 1880; Michael Joseph born 1882; Alice Mary born 1883; John James born 1885; William Charles born 1886; Patrick Joseph born 1889.


Charles BRADBURY (more)

Cause of Death: Died in a rock fall in a mine

An inquiry was held 7 July at Bardoc, following the death of Charles Bradbury by a fall of rock in the drive at the main shaft of Vetter's Find (or Slug Hill) GM Company's mine at Bardoc. The inquiry was conducted by Mr J. Bourke, J.P. and a jury of three consisting of Messrs McDonnell (foreman), Delaney and Dwyer. John Young said he was trucking at the 100ft level. He heard Bradbury call out "Jack". He ran in to the end of the drive and saw Bradbury and Steadman with the rock on them. Bradbury asked him to get him out. He saw at once that he could do nothing alone, so ran to the shaft and called for help. He then ran up the ladder and went to the Manager's house, where he found the Manager and Dr Godfrey. He got a bottle of brandy and returned. Several miners were examined, as was Dr Godfrey, who testified that death resulted from shock and and injury to the head.

James BRENNAN (more)

Cause of Death: Run over by a Train

Cook at a boarding house at the head of the line, Brennan was killed on the railway line between Broad Arrow and Bardoc. He was carried in an unconscious condition to the Bardoc Hospital, where he was found to be terribly cut about the head, the left arm near the shoulder being ground into a pulp. He lingered until 10 o'clock, when he died. At a magisterial inquiry held on 14 April at Bardoc, there was no evidence as to how the accident occurred. Apparently the deceased was riding in an open truck and attempted to pass to another truck when the train was in rapid motion. He slipped and fell on the line between the trucks and the wheels passed over his arm near the shoulder. He was evidently dragged some distance along the line. The deceased was a stranger in Bardoc and his friends were unknown. The previously adjourned inquiry of the 13th inst was resumed on 17 April before Mr J. Bourke, J.P. and a jury of three - Mssrs Weetman, Keene and Ashworth. Thomas Ryan, the guard of the train, gave further evidence to the effect that the deceased was standing on the rear of the truck when the train bumped, throwing him off. The witness cautioned him but he refused to leave the truck when requested to do so. Witness said the deceased was slightly intoxicated. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, no blame being attached to the contractors or employees.

Daniel CAGNEY (more)

Cause of Death: From a fall of earth in a mine

Was in New South Wales prior to coming to Western Australia.

John COEN (more)

Cause of Death: Internal injuries from a fall while wrestling

Had a brother, James, at Mount Ida. Coen died of internal injuries caused by a fall accidentally received while wrestling with another man in the street.

Lionel Joseph DUDLEY (more)

Cause of Death: Consumption

Proprietor of the Bardoc Hotel and a resident of the fields from January, 1895. age of 52. He was a member of the Bardoc Progress Committee, and was largely interested in mining ventures. He leaves a widow and four children.

On August 25 1893 Mary and Lionel Dudley, with their four children and Mary’s brother Timothy Steedman, left Victoria for Western Australia. The four children were Lionel Junior, Fred, Adelaide and Rene. They came by boat, ‘The Bothwell Castle’. Their destination after reaching WA was the Kalgoorlie Goldfields.

After arriving safely and finally getting to Southern Cross by train ‑ which was as far as it went at that time ‑ Mr Dudley purchased a couple of horses and large wagon, also supplies of tools and groceries etc, and the long trip commenced. The two men and two boys walked and Mary and the girls rode in the wagon.

It was a dry and very dusty journey to Coolgardie and it took them eight days. They stayed a few weeks and then continued on to Kalgoorlie and camped on the Boulder Road where Mr Dudley opened a roadside grocery business and also sold condensed water, which was a very scarce commodity in Kalgoorlie, at 2/6 (25 cents) a gallon.

New gold rushes were breaking out all the time and two men had arrived in Kalgoorlie from Bardoc, 32 miles north of Kalgoorlie, seeking financial assistance for food as their cash had run out. Mr Dudley backed them and a lease was taken out on their claim which was named ‘The Waratah”. This mine was about two miles north of Bardoc. They later sold it for quite a good sum.

Early in 1894, Mr Dudley and Tim Steedman went to Bardoc and built some rooms for the family, with a bar for liquor for which a wayside licence costing £15 (pounds) per year was granted. When the shanty was opened, Mr Dudley provided a couple of cases of spirits free of charge. The men fired off all their ammunition from revolvers and carbines and lit a huge bonfire on top of the big hill nearby ‑ which was thereafter known as ‘Dudley Hill’.

Mrs Dudley was the first white woman to arrive in Bardoc.

One night some of the chaps in the bar were playing two up when an argument arose between two of the men and developed into a fight. Eventually they ended it and went home to their camps. A short time later, one returned and told Mrs Dudley how he had lost a valuable gold coin during the fight. Mrs Dudley said she would get her sons to sift the earthen floor next morning - which she did. But all they found was a two‑headed penny. That was apparently his gold coin. She didn’t give it back to him and, 30 years later, on leaving Bardoc, she tossed it down the lavatory.

The new townsite was eventually decided on and the Dudley’s bought several good blocks of land, one of them opposite where the railway station would be built.  Mr Dudley decided to get an up to date hotel built on the block opposite the station for which he had all the oregon timber and iron brought to the site by wagon from Kalgoorlie. The building went ahead and was completed by December 1896. But Mr Dudley’s health, which had not been the best for some time, became worse and eventually he died of pneumonia on December 13, 1896.

After Mr Dudley’s death, Mary took her children and went back to Melbourne, having leased the new hotel to a man named Cross. The official opening of the hotel took place on 1st January 1897.  stated she would never return to W.A. Tim Steedman stayed in Bardoc, and looked after the shanty and also Mary’s interest in the new hotel. Which was called the Bardoc Hotel.

Andrew Brakenridge FERGUSON (more)

Cause of Death: Dysentery

Deceased died intestate. Probate was granted on 6 October 1900. Ferguson was 36 years in South Australia before coming to Western Australia.

Charles FLYNN (more)

Cause of Death: Typhoid

Admitted to the hospital two weeks before his death, suffering from a malignant form of typhoid fever, hospital authorities regarded his case with the greatest apprehension. "He passed away in the full vigor of early manhood, a man of strong physique and athletic frame and was very popular as a cricketer and a footballer. He was the fourth death and burial in Bardoc and his funeral was very largely attended with many of the mines having ceased work in order that the miners could pay their last respect to a very popular comrade." Much sympathy was held for his brothers, two of whom were with him to the last and for the members of his family in Victoria. Charles FLYNN's siblings were Bridget (born 1867), Thomas (born 1869), Henry (born 1871), John (born 1873), Mary (born 1877).

William Alexander Iby Ian HARPER (more)

Cause of Death: Gastro Enteritis

The little boy's parents were married at Balranald, New South Wales, on 4 September 1893.  They went on to create their family consisting of: Melmer Mervyn born 22 October 1894, Euston, New South Wales; Colin Clive born about 1900 at Broad Arrow; Idreana born 28 January 1902 at Bardoc; Catherine born 1904; Clyde born 1908 at Kununoppin; Standley Bliss born 16 September 1909 at Nungarin; Catherine born about 1911; Lavinia born 29 July 1913 at Marvel Loch.

George Thomas, father of these children, died in 1919 at Marvel Loch.  His widow, Lavinia Alice, died 21 November 1942 in Perth.

Marceline HENRYON (more)

Cause of Death: Swelling of the brain

Died of Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain, which causes swelling), a condition the child had apparently suffered since birth.

Ernest Roy HUG (more)

Cause of Death: Asphyxia from tumours in the Larynx

Lisette Hug married Edward Herbert 1907 Irwin District

George Augustus JESSOP (more)

Cause of Death: Fractured skull in mining accident

The deceased was one of the pioneers of the Bardoc district, where he had his share of the ups and downs of a gold-digger's career. He was greatly respected by a wide circle of the inhabitants. Jessop met with the fatal accident at the Zoroastrian Gold Mine, whilst speaking to a mate down the shaft. The engine-driver, in answer to a signal, lowered the ballast cage, which struck the head of the deceased. It seems that Jessop, while at a plait in the main shaft, received a call from a man working below, and to com- municate the better with the latter, lay down on the ground with his head in the shaft opening. A balance tank descended on the unfortunate man's head. When the tank had been raised and Jessop had been extricated, it was found that he had sustained dreadful injuries. He was removed to the Broad Arrow Hospital where he died about midnight.

Alfred George MCDONNELL (more)

Cause of Death: Scalding and Shock

James W O'BRIEN (more)

Cause of Death: Suicide by Gunshot

Apparently died of self-inflicted gunshot wound