Outback Graves Markers

Albert LOCKNER (more)

Cause of Death: Died of thirst

Also known as LOECHER.

Died at Mount Malcolm - Coolgardie Miner 15 April 1895. buried between Chain Bore and the Chain of Waterholes, north of Leonora. Albert Lockner was a young man who had recently come from New Zealand with a party of young Maorilanders, some of whom at once plunged into the wilds in the search for the yellow ore. He and another of his mates left for Lake Darlot. They could not get there for lack of water so started to return. When they got within about 20 miles of the water, they knew their horses were just about done so they took the packs off and headed for the water. When they reached the water they had a day and a half spell. Albert started back for the food stores. He reached the pack bags and started back. He got about 10 miles and then camped. He prepared his fire but did not light it. His mate came in to the water on the Friday night to see if Albert had returned but was told Albert was lost - but did not say his name. On Tuesday morning, one of the men came to the water with news about the man that was lost. Apparently his mate had tracked him and found him shot in the head. He had taken the packs off about 100 miles before he met his death. His coat was about 1 mile away. He was on his knees with the revolver at his side. When news broke in Coolgardie, Lockner's mate, Errol Sligo, carried a card he had found on Lockner. Sligo said there was not the slightest doubt but that the case was one of suicide. This was the conclusion arrived at by Messrs. Robert Heriot and Paul Dickson, who assisted in the burial of the deceased.

John RYAN (more)

Cause of Death: Thirst

Died on or about 10 November 1898. He was buried by John Murdock near Malcolm at Bummers Creek. Witnesses present at the burial were Frederick Traiffo and Fred Pavy. His death was certified in writing by Police Constable Samuel R Pierce (Regimental No 296), of Malcolm. The deceased perished in the bush after having been lost for 16 days. Having been away from his camp for two days, he was reported to the Malcolm police as missing on 11 November (lost near the Black Chief). As a consequence, his body was found by Constable Pierce, accompanied by a black tracker, five miles from Bummers Creek on the side of a very rocky range and breakaway. The remains were in a very decomposed state. A jury of three, after viewing the decomposed body and hearing the evidence, returned the verdict that the deceased had perished in the bush for want of water.