Known as Frederick Ernest Kurth. The deceased died as a result of injuries received in a vehicle accident at Davyhurst on 14 July 1914. It was the verdict of Fox Esq., JP, the Acting Coroner, at an inquest held at Davyhurst on 10 August 1914, that no blame was attachable to anyone. He had lived for several years in the eastern states.
It is thought that at age 14 he left home and went to sea, which continued for 15 years until he was 29 years of age, when he left this occupation, ultimately making his way to Hahndorf, South Australia, where he met and married Ceaserine Emma Muller in Hahndorf on the 8th May 1890. Interestingly, his address on the wedding certificate lists Broken Hill for his address and his occupation as Miner.
Emma was born on 13 August 1869 off the Cape of Good Hope while her parents were in transit on the ship Ceaser Godeffroy to Hahndorf South Australia. Their three children were born while they were living in Broken Hill. Frederick moved his family to Western Australia late in the 1890’s with Frederick working in Goongarrie away from his family as indicated by a letter sent to Emma dated 13th August 1896.
It has not been determined when Frederick and Emma started running the Davyhurst Store as either the Kurth's Union Store, and later the E. Kurth General Store, but it can be assumed that it was after 1896 when he was working in Goongarrie and prior to 1902 when Frederick advertised for a baker and hand in the store.
In 1911, Frederick had the misfortune to have in his employ a character named John George Hunter who made off with two tons of chaff valued at £24. The constabulary caught up with Mr Hunter and he was found guilty of stealing as a servant and ordered to make restitution to Frederick, was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £31 /06.
Frederick was involved with the community of Davyhurst sitting on the Progress Association, and was appointed to the Davyhurst Cemetries Board in September 1904. Their sons Leslie and Ernest attended school in Davyhurst with Ernest excelling and attending Scotch College on a scholarship. Frederick suffered fatal injuries in an accident in mid-July 1914 which was reported in the Kalgoorlie Sun on the 19th of July: “Storekeeper Kurth of Davyhurst met with a serious accident a few days ago inflicting injuries which are still causing grave concern to his friends. Getting into his buggy to proceed to Goongarrie, there to entrain to Kalgoorlie, a restive horse between the shafts in its plunges threw him over the wheel. Mr Kurth fell heavily face-downwards on a stump, receiving terrible injuries in the region of the stomach and bowels. The doctor, arriving with all speed from Menzies, over 30 miles distant, at once applied remedies and operated but the recovery of the patient was said to "be doubtful”.”
Frederick left an estate of £1436.11s to Emma.
Emma passed away in Hobart Tasmania on the 29thof June 1938 at the age of 68 years. She was buried on the 1st of July 1938 in the Cornelian Bay Cemetery in the Methodist Wesleyan UMET area, Section B, Site Number 119.
Ernest Carl Edgar Kurth passed away at the age of 70 years on the 4th of January 1966. He is buried at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery in Tasmania in the Church of England Area Section CK Site Number 139.
Leslie Arnold Kurth passed away July 1980 in Tasmania at the age of 88 years, he was cremated and his ashes appear to have been placed at the same plot as his mother.
Whilst driving on the Goongarrie - Davyhurst road, the deceased fell under the wheel of the cart in the vicinity of the Half-way Hotel and sustained painful injuries to the lower part of his body. He died in great agony at the Davyhurst Hospital some seven hours later. The post mortem revealed a rupture of the liver and spleen, followed by heart failure from haemorrhage. His father was the former publican at Ularring. Young Mr Lichberg left an estate valued at £171 14s 7d to Augustus Richard Lichberg. Just 11 years older than Cecil, it is not known if Augustus was an older brother or other relative such as uncle. The deceased had spent 14 years in New South Wales before moving to Western Australia.
Also known as Emiglis Luminate, the deceased had spent 2 years in Queensland before arriving in Western Australia. Emiglio was found in the bush in a dying condition under suspicious circumstances on May 16 and brought, unconscious, into Davyhurst at 9 o'clock on the Saturday night. Shortly afterwards, Doctor Shields examined him and pronounced life extinct. There were no external marks of violence. The case being suspicious, a death certificate was refused and the acting coroner, Mr. B Leslie, J.P., ordered a post-mortem examination, which disclosed an extensive fracture of the skull. As the result of enquiries, suspicion fell on natives camped adjacent. The police had detained a native named "Googlar," alias Jumbo, who broke away from gaol on the night of 19 May by removing an iron bar from the cell ventilator, with which he burrowed underneath the yard fence and escaped. On the final day of the inquest into the death of the deceased, the jury brought in the following verdict: 'That the deceased met his death on May 16, at Davyhurst, through a fracture of the skull, probably caused by a blow from a blunt instrument or stick, inflicted by some person unknown; and although no direct evidence is before us, we are of opinion that grave suspicion rests on the native man Googlar, alias Jumbo, who escaped from custody on May 19.' Finally, on 28 September, Googlar was brought into the Watchhouse by Constable Jones, who had disguised himself as a kangaroo hunter and spent several days around Wilgoine, 75 miles north-west of Southern Cross, where the capture was effected. Googlar was brought before the Court on a charge of having murdered Emiglio Luminati on 16 May. The deceased was a quiet, inoffensive man, who was highly respected. He had spent 2 years in Queensland before arriving in Western Australia.
Reports advise that Henry Malone died of a self-administered dose of strychnine whilst in a state of despondence.
Patrick was descending to a lower brace when the cage went out of control and fell down the main shaft for a distance of over 300 feet into the water.
Patrick was the youngest of eight boys in the family, all born in Londonderry, Ireland. Their father, Charles, was born in 1841 and died in 1920, in Londonderry. Their mother was born 1843 and died in 1925. The family consisted of: John born 1866; James born 1868; Rodger born 1870; Henry born 1873; David born 1875; Daniel born 1876; Charles born 1878. Patrick had spent 3 weeks in New South Wales before arriving in Western Australia. Patrick's older brother, James, died in Wiluna on 28 June 1908, of pneumonia and heart failure. From the headstone, it appears that another relative, Daniel, also came to Western Australia. Daniel died in WA in 1959, aged 72 years.
The deceased's death was certified in writing by her brother, HS Rowe, of Davyhurst.
Haemoptysis is the coughing up of blood, which usually accompanies tuberculosis of the lung. Catherine had been suffering for one week prior to her death.
She had spent 29 years in Victoria and 2 years in New South Wales before moving to Western Australia.
Death was certified in writing by her father, William Rowe, of Mace Street, Davyhurst
The death of this little girl was certified in writing by her father, William Charles Rowe, of Davyhurst. The burial was witnessed by John Egan and W Devitt.
Aka Harry Died with his brother, Robert , aged 5 years. Harry and Robert Rowe, aged seven and five years respectively, were at play in the vicinity of a shallow shaft, at the bottom of which there was a quantity of explosives, as the shaft had been converted into a magazine. Subsequently the children descended the ladder to amuse themselves by playing at mining. It is thought that one of the children struck a match and dropped it on a barrel of powder. The boy Robert was killed instantly, whilst Harry sustained serious injuries, which terminated fatally in the course of three hours. The child's death was certified in writing by his father, William Charles Rowe, of Davyhurst, and the burial was witnesses by F.J. Caddy and G.A. Drinkwater.
Died with his brother, Harry/Henry, aged 7 years. Harry and Robert Rowe, aged seven and five years respectively, were at play in the vicinity of a shallow shaft, at the bottom of which there was a quantity of- explosives, as the shaft had been converted into a magazine. Subsequently the children descended the ladder to amuse themselves by playing at mining. It is thought that one of the children struck a match and dropped it on a barrel of powder. The boy Robert was killed instantly, whilst Harry sustained serious injuries, which terminated fatally in the course of three hours. The child's death was certified in writing by his father, William Charles Rowe. The burial was witnessed by J Cadby and G Drinkwater.
Aka Mick or James; Died in a blasting accident at one of the lower levels at the Golden Pole mine, Davyhurst. Reports of his age vary from 25 to 29 or 30 years. An inquest was opened on 9 June and concluded on 12 June, returning a verdict of accidental death from a premature explosion, with no blame being attachable to anyone.Further reading: www.wavmm.com (Virtual Miners Memorial website)
The child's mother was born in 1882 in Odessa, Ukraine. Following her marriage to in Hyman in Perth in 1905, the couple had four children. The others were were Samuel, born 3 March 1907 at Davyhurst, Leo, born 2 August 1908 in Davyhurst, and William born 1914. Both parents died in Perth; Hyman in 1950, aged 71, and Bertha, also aged 71 years, in 1953. The couple were of Jewish Orthodox religion.
After heavy rain, a 12ft high bank of slime collapsed over Walters' tent, burying him. Mr. Walters was carrying on cyanide operations at Daveyhurst, and was living in a tent that had been erected up against a bank of slimes 12 feet high. It had rained during the day and as the party was leaving for another place in the morning, Mr. Walters' brother got up during the night to have a look at the fire. When replenishing it, he heard a noise, and looking round was horrified to find that the mass of slime had collapsed and had fallen over the tent, burying Mr. Walters, his own son just escaping. Efforts were at once made to rescue Mr. Walters, and eventually he was brought out, but only lived three minutes afterwards. The deceased had lived for 44 years in Victoria before moving to Western Australia. He left £100 to William John Weldon Walters.
The child's father was born in 1880 and his wife in South Australia in 1876. They married on 24th December 1908 (Marriage Registration 6/1908, East Coolgardie). Their other children were James, born 1909; Una Beatrice born 1911, Kalgoorlie; Clarence Charles born 13 February 1912, Kalgoorlie; Maisie Veronica born 1914, Kalgoorlie; Clive Earl born 21 May 1917, Kalgoorlie. Charles Watson was killed in a mining accident by a fall of earth in the Monty's Shaft of the South Kalgurli Gold Mine on 25 November 1938. He was working there as a timberman, aged 63 year. His wife, Minna, died on 19 April 1950.
The child's mother was born in 1868 at Blackwood, Victoria. She married Richard Ezekiel Williams in 1891 in Victoria (Marriage Registration 582/1891). Their other children were Richard Alfred born 1892, Florence Eva born 1894, Charles Hartley born 1895, Rheta Lillian born 1898, George Kent born 1901, Emily Tryphena born 1903, Winifred Wilmet born 1905, William Asa born 1907 (who appears in this website) and Thelma May born 1911. Richard Williams was born in Fremantle in 1859 and died in Fremantle in 1924. His wife died in 1928 in South Australia. The Asphyxia Pallida is an obsolete term for asphyxia in which difficulty in breathing is accompanied by weak and thready pulse, pale skin, and absence of reflexes. This resulted in stillbirth.