Outback Graves Markers


Location Information

Region: Goldfields-Esperance
Coordinates: -27.1141, 118.2561
Directions: Shire of Cue
Located 50 kms NE of Cue, 10 kms E of Great Northern Highway, via gravel road from Tuckanarra
Reserve 21243


Number of Graves: 2
First Burial: George Watson, baby son of Christina (nee Regan) and Frederick George Watson, on 20 August 1941
Last Burial: Walter Aiden Creane, aged 37, electrocuted by coming into contact with a live wire attached to a pole in the street, on 2 February 1942



The town was surveyed in 1933 and suggestions for a name included Triton and Mathers but the chosen name was Reedy (after nearby Reedy’s Well, named after H. Reed who discovered gold there).  The town was gazetted in 1934.


Gold was discovered in the area by H. Reed in 1899-1900 and a nearby well was named after him.  However, the field was not thought productive because there was little alluvial gold and interest soon waned.

Early History               

Some mining was carried out at Emu Mine in the 1920s and major underground mining began in the 1930s.  Several open cut mines were developed in the 1980s and 1990s.



0 – 1


20 – 29


60 – 69


2 – 5


30 – 39


70 – 79


6 – 9


40 – 49


80 +


10 – 19


50 – 59



















This is a copy of a map of Reedy townsite

Map of Reedy


This is a copy of a map of Reedy showing the cemetery location

Map of Reedy including Cemetery


This is a photo of the Occidental Hotel, Reedy c1935

Occidental Hotel, Reedy c1935

Interesting Information

This field saw the first prosecution of prospectors (squatters) on a WA goldfield, with 28 men charged in 1935.  The law had been in place since 1894 but had been largely ignored until mining companies became larger and more powerful.

One resident of the town, Agnes O’Brien (nee Hyland aka Roberts), was the eldest daughter of the well-known family of Hyland Circus performers who travelled widely around Australia and New Zealand from the 1880s to the early 1900s.  Agnes was a famed trainer of performing horses and was recognised as one of the finest riders in Australia.  She was also a buckjumper and one of the first female jockeys in WA.  She performed in circuses in Europe and America and was part of the Australian exhibition called “Wild Australia” held at Crystal Palace in London in honour of the coronation of King George V.  She ran the Tuckanarra Hotel in the late 1920s and then the store at Reedy for most of the 1930s until her death from a stroke in 1939.  She was buried in Cue Cemetery. Her younger brother, Leslie Roberts, died aged 8 and was buried at Nungarra, Sandstone.

West Australian 7 June 1939 MURCHISON IDENTITY.

 Death of Well-known Horsewoman

REEDY, June 6.

Mrs. O'Brien, better known as Agnes Hyland, a member of Hyland's Circus and a renowned horse woman, died today in the District Hospital after a short illness at the age of 60 years. Mrs. O'Brien was at one time a storekeeper and hotel proprietor at Tuckanarra and later transferred to Reedy as a general storekeeper. Her death will be deeply mourned all over the Murchison, as she was always a sure friend to any prospector who was short of either food or cash.



Outback Family History