Outback Graves Markers

Jene ANDREWS (more)

Cause of Death: Natural Causes

The first name has also been written as Jean and the age is sometimes referred to as 35 years. Confirmation of either has so far not been possible. The following article in the Coolgardie Miner, dated Saturday 14 July 1894, states: "A recent arrival at Hannan's, named Jean Andrews, died on the journey in to Coolgardie last Thursday. Andrews, who was ailing, was, through the kindness of the local Progress Committee, placed on a team to be brought in to the hospital. The journey, however, proved too much for his strength. At the post mortem, it was found that he died from natural causes." Inquest 12th and 13 July Court House Coolgardie before Gordon Lyon JP - Police Gazette 25 July 1894 page 141

Ellen BEGELHOLE (more)

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Ellen BIRKIN and William T BEGELHOLE were married in NSW 7255/1892, Tenterfield. They had 9 children in 14 years. William Taylor BEGELHOLE was born 23 May 1868, Victoria.

Harry Tucker BLOXAM (more)

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Also known as Henry. Coolgardie Miner, Sat 9 June 1894, states: "During the week one death occurred, that of a young man named H. T. Bloxam, 25 years of age, who came to the field three months ago from South Australia. He was taken to the private hospital last Sunday, and died on Wednesday, the cause of death being heart disease. The remains were followed to the grave by the deceased's uncle Mr. Frane (France?), who is at present in this town, and a number of friends." Brother Charles a'Court Bloxam of Glenelg, South Australia. His parents were married in Adelaide in 1866. Attached is an affidavit from his father, a solicitor, upon the death of his son.

Murtagh BRODERICK (more)

Cause of Death: Buried alive in mine accident

Alias Bertie or Murty. The Daily News reported on Saturday 23 June 1894: "Yesterday the body of a man, who had evidently been buried alive, was unearthed on Potato Flat, which is situated close to Bayley's Reward claim. The deceased, who was known by the name of Murty Broderick, was working as a dry-blower, when a portion of an embankment near which he was engaged, while looking for alluvial, fell in and smothered him. Broderick's body was discovered by two other dry-blowers, who state that their attention was directed to the mullock heap which covered him by a portion of his waistcoat protruding therefrom. His body was still warm when they found him." Broderick died from a fall of earth in the alluvial workings at Fly Flat. He undermined part of an embankment which collapsed on him, burying him. Siblings John, Michael, Jeremiah, and Julia wife of Jeremiah O"BRIEN all living in Rossanean Farranfore, County Kerry Ireland; Administration has date of death as 18 June 1894, administration has a lot of family information within it.

John Tucker BROWN (more)

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Also known as John Thomas Brown. The deceased was formerly a farmer in the province of Redhills, South Australia. Brown was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge of Redhill, South Australia. Estate was divided among Mother and Siblings; Brother - Charles Brown of Yongala, South Australia; Sister - Emily Susan Brown

James CLARK (more)

Cause of Death: Bronchitis

William Reginald Cuthbert CROSSMAN (more)

Cause of Death: Inflammation of the lungs

WRC Crossman left an estate valued at £547 to Walter James and B. H. Darbyshire, the attorneys of Eleanor Mary Crossman, the widow of the deceased. Coolgardie Miner, 26 May 1894, states: "General regret is felt at the death of Mr. E. C. Crossman, who died at the private hospital yesterday morning. The deceased gentleman was a son-in-law of Mr. Panton, P.M., of Melbourne, and was at one time connected with Bayley's Reward claim. He was only lately married, and much sympathy is felt with his bereaved wife by his local friends." Crossman rode a camel to Southern Cross in order to send the news of a rich strike in Bayley’s No. 2 South, and received £200 for his work. Wife Eleanor Mary Crossman living at "Carannya" Alexander Street, St Kilda at the time of William's death.

William Nix FARLEY (more)

Cause of Death: Killed by a fall of earth, Pig Gully

In 1893, William Farley was the first to be buried in the old Pioneer cemetery, when he was killed by a fall of earth in Pig Gully, near Lindsay’s Gold Mine. The deceased and his wife, Elizabeth Swain, migrated to Australia, living first in Sydney. They were living in Tambaroora, NSW, in 1870 and Hill End, NSW, from 1873-1876. The marriage produced some 9 children. They were: Elizabeth born 1856; William born 1858; James Nix born 1860; Thomas born 1862; Lydia Elizabeth 1865; William Nix born 1868; Sarah Augusta born 1870; John and Mark born 1873. The deceased left an estate valued at £1663 17s to John Smith Dewhurst.

James HAWKLESS (more)

Cause of Death: Typhoid

Edward HICKS (more)

Cause of Death: Paralysis

Edward Hicks was picked up on the Hannan's - Whitefeather (Kanowna) Road and taken to the Coolgardie Hospital in a most terrible state of paralysis. He died there on 6 October 1894. Coolgardie Miner reported: "An old man named Edward Hicks was picked up on the White Feather road towards the end of last week in a most deplorable condition. He had been travelling along the road when he was struck down with paralysis and in a most exhausted state he lay until a teamster came along, took him aboard, and carried him into Hannan's. There he was received by kind hands, and arrangements were at once made by Mr. Geoghegan, the Chairman of the Progress Committee, for his removal to-the Coolgardie Hospital." He was reported as being an "old man".

Thomas HILL (more)

Cause of Death: Suicide by gunshot

Alias Thomas HALL

As a teenager, Tom went with his family from England to Canada, then on to Australia in the mid 1850s.

At the Inquest held 12 May 1894 at the Club Hotel, Coolgardie - Police Gazette 23 May 1894 page 97 - it was reported that he had sold his team for £70 two days before his suicide and was believed to have been robbed because only £5 was found on his body. His two sons were expected to arrive the following day and his not caring to face them with his loss, probably led to him committing this deed in an outhouse near the business centre of the town. The inquest heard that Mr Hill (known as Mr Hall) apparently came to the colony on the Bullarra in February. He had lately returned from Kurnalpi and stated to a Mr. Bigmore that he had put £35 in the West Australian Bank, and asked him to tell his sons, who he was expecting on the field.

Dr Macdonald gave evidence, having found the body lying on the left side, with a wound close to the left ear and penetrating the skull. The parts surrounding the wound were much blackened and no doubt was caused by a weapon discharged close to the ear. The man was quite dead and death must have been instantaneous.

The jury found : "We are of opinion that the deceased met his death by a bullet wound inflicted by his own hand and no other way."

Agnes Ann HOLLAND (more)

Cause of Death: Typhoid

Mrs Holland was the first European women to die in the Coolgardie area. Captain Beasley, of the Salvation Army, conducted the burial service on the Tuesday. Her husband, born in the colony, was an experienced bushman. In 1893, he took up the challenge to find a feasible route between Broomehill and Coolgardie, one which could be used immediately by horse-drawn conveyances. He and three other local men completed the cutting of a cart track of over 500 kms in just two months and four days. That track is still in extensive use today - but mostly for recreational purposes. Her husband died on 8 November 1936 at the Government Hospital, Coolgardie, and is buried with his wife in the Pioneer Cemetery.

Richard John HOLLAND (more)

Cause of Death:

A 37 year old John Holland took on the challenge to cut a direct 500km route from Broomehill to Gnarlbine Rock south of Coolgardie. A few had tried to accomplish cutting a direct route before Holland, but failed. John Holland and his small crew including Rudolph Krakouer, David Krakouer & John Carmody, managed to cut the entire track in just 65 days. This was done with no fossil fuelled machinery and no GPS systems or aerial mapping either. It must be remembered that there were no combustion vehicles around in the 1890's. Transport was by horse and wagon or on foot. Holland and his crew were the first non-indigenous people to travel through this bushland and cut their way through. Although born in Perth, Mr. Holland later lived at Broome Hill, and came to Coolgardie in 1893, leading his party overland. During this trip, he not only opened up a cart track to the goldfields that saved nearly a fortnight's travelling, but numerous lakes and mountains were discovered and named. The late Mr. Holland took part in the rush to Hannan's, but later returned to Coolgardie where he resided for over 40 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning, the remains being laid to rest in the old cemetery, where his wife was buried many years before.

James HUCKS (more)

Cause of Death: Typhoid

Late of Hamilton and Dunkeld, Victoria. Henry Hucks and Ann Parris were married 22 February 1829 at Otford, Kent, England. The marriage produced 11 children, of which James was the fifth born. There were 6 boys and 5 girls. Henry died in December 1890 and his wife in 1896. They had lived at Wrotham, Kent, from 1841 and both died there. Their son, James, was still in Kent at the time of the 1851 census. Lavinia died on 11 October 1928, aged 90 years. She was reported as being a 'colonist' of 73 years.

William KEANE (more)

Cause of Death: Typhoid

The Western Mail on the 12th May wrote: "William Keen, a son of the late senior sergeant of police at Toowoomba, Queensland, fell a victim to the same dreaded scourge. The deceased's last moments were brightened by the presence of an elder brother, who was unremitting in his attentions to the stricken man during his illness, which lasted for six weeks. Both brothers had passed unscathed through a residence of some duration in the fever and ague laden districts of Northern Queensland, and they left there on New Year's Day to try their luck on this field, with the result that William met an early fate." The deceased's parents were married in Queensland in 1866, Registration Number 1866/B/1612. The marriage delivered nine children, of which William was the fifth and one of 4 boys and 5 girls.