Outback Graves Markers

Thomas Cornelius KENNEY

Burial Location:Callion  (details...)
Place of Death: Callion
Date of Death: 01 March 1899
Date of Burial:02 March 1899
Age:12 years, 10 months
Cause of Death:Consumption
OGM Ref#: 0182
Headstone:OGM Aluminium
Monument Style: Outback Grave Marker


The young man was buried by John W Cleghorn. Witnesses present at the burial were AEA Connell and H George Gassidy. His death certified in writing by May Kenney, his aunt, of Callion.

Thomas died after a month's illness from what was described on his death certificate as "Hereditary Consumption". This young man spent the first 12 years, 5 months of his life in Tasmania before arriving in Western Australia.

Parents:Catherine (Kate) (nee DONNELLY) and James KENNEY (Sawyer)
Birth Details:29 April 1886, Geeveston, District Franklin, Tasmania; Birth Reg. No. 1575/961
Death Certificate:630/1899
Comments:NOTE: In the vicinity of the Calder Mine, 75 miles north of Coolgardie, and near the 'deserted village' (1956) of Davyhurst, are the two graves of William Calder and Thomas Kenney. They were both very young, innocent victims of the search for gold, when conditions held very few advantages. Inscriptions were hard to decipher on the fallen and very dilapidated headboards and so Gold Mines of Kalgoorlie (which in 1956 operated the New Coolgardie Mines) generously provided new head-plates of a permanent type. These were placed in position and railings added to the grave sites.