REF 1260 GEORGE WILLIAM CALDER - SANDSTONE 640x427
The deceased is buried in plot number 11 of the non-conformist section of the cemetery.
He had been missing from his camp for eleven days and when reported missing, was described as being 5 foot 4 inches tall and 55 years of age.
He had been suffering from depression and for some nights, had been found sitting alone in the darkness of his camp. He was not possessed of any money to speak of at the time
he disappeared. His Savings Bank book showed that on April 13 he drew £3 19s. from the bank, leaving a balance of one shilling.
Calder was missed from the
Dingo Flat poultry farm, where
he had been staying and the
fact was reported to the police
by Mr R. Sanders. Diligent
search was made by the police
officers, aided by black trackers
for several days without result.
This was no doubt due largely to
the fact that heavy rain fell at
intervals and tendered it impossible to follow any tracks.
On the Monday morning, Mr John Dower, who was well acquainted with Calder, and considerably upset over his disappearance, was searching the bush for any traces of him and noticed a strong stench coming from an abandoned shaft situated about three quarters of a mile from Sandstone.
Returning to town, he informed Mr C. H. Cobb of his experience
and early that afternoon that gentleman went out and descended the shaft, which
is about.30 feet deep, and whilst
searching around, found the body of Calder about 50 feet from the shaft.
The head was missing, apparently blown off with dynamite. A new piece of fuse
was found in the shaft.
The deceased was an old
prospector on the Coolgardie
fields and came to Sandstone
from Northampton about five months before. He worked for the Black Range Mining Co. for some time when he started prospecting on an old alluvial
patch situated about a mile south of the Black Range mine, but did not meet with.any success. It is believed his ill fortune so affected him that it ended in self-destruction.
Calder's estate was valued at 12 shillings.
Death Certificate:4/1915, Black Range
State Records Office: CALDER, George William - Sandstone (d.2/5/1915) AU WA S2323 cons5790 1915/099 Item 1915-05-31 - Part of INTESTATE FILES (PUBLIC TRUSTEE)
Comments:Calder's age has been described as being 60 and 55.