Outback Graves Markers


Burial Location:Niagara  (details...)
Occupation: Prospector
Place of Death: 15 miles east of Tampa, Menzies
Date of Death: 24 January 1903
Date of Burial:28 January 1903
Age:62 years
Cause of Death:Died of Thirst
OGM Ref#: 0205
Headstone:OGM Aluminium
Monument Style: Outback Grave Marker


Father of NJ O'Keefe, of the Grand Hotel, Mr O'Keefe left Kookynie for an alluvial rush at Tampa but nothing further was heard of him. It was surmised that he must gave gone onto the wrong track. All day, Constable Conway, assisted by a black tracker, scouted the country between but failed to find any trace of the missing man. A large party started out early the next morning. Eventually, Constable Dunkley and a black tracker found the body 20 miles from Kookynie and 15 miles east of Tampa. O'Keefe had placed his coat under his head but otherwise was fully clothed. His end was apparently peaceful but he suffered greatly from thirst during the terrible hot weather. The only thing drinkable he took with him was a bottle of ginger beer. His death was hastened by exhaustion and exposure. His death was certified in writing by George Natt, Undertaker, Kookynie. The deceased had lived in Tasmania for 54 years before arriving in Western Australia. His wife died Tasmania, 23 November 1887, aged 43 years.

Parents:Johanna (nee HICKEY) and Michael O'KEEFE (Farmer)
Spouse:Helen RICE
Marriage Details:circa 1866, Launceston, Tasmania
Children:Margaret (born circa 1867), Mary (born circa 1868), Katherine (born circa 1869), Michael James (born circa 1870), Linda (born circa 1871), Theresa (born circa 1873)
Birth Details:Tipperary, Ireland
Death Certificate:727/1903