Outback Graves Markers

Robert ROWE

Burial Location:Davyhurst  (details...)
Place of Death: Golden Pale Mines, Davyhurst
Date of Death: 02 September 1911
Date of Burial:03 September 1911
Age:5 years
Cause of Death:Accident with Explosives
OGM Ref#: 0163
Headstone:OGM Aluminium
Monument Style: Outback Grave Marker


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.

Parents:Elizabeth Jane (nee GEMMELL) and William Charles ROWE (Miner)
Birth Details:Birth Reg. No. 80/1906, District North Coolgardie
Death Certificate:21/1911, District North Coolgardie