Outback Graves Markers


Burial Location:Goongarrie Cemetery  (details...)
Place of Death: En route from Goongarrie to Menzies
Date of Death: 20 July 1901
Age:5 years
Cause of Death:Burnt from Clothes Catching Fire
OGM Ref#: 1702


Five or six children had lit a fire in the yard and the deceased child's clothes caught fire. She was severely burnt and succumbed while being brought by train to Menzies. On arrival at the station, Dr Margaret Corlis found that life was extinct and gave a certificate for burial. The body had to be exhumed prior to the inquest for the jury to view it. A verdict of accidental death caused by burns was brought in by the jury at the inquest.

The child's mother was born 1 June 1873 in Birregurra, Victoria. On 1 January 1895, she married John William Templeman, who was born 24 August 1871 at Burnt Creek, Victoria. After the birth of their first three children, the family moved to Western Australia, where a further nine children were born. They were: Albert Henry born 21 June 1895; Harold Robert born 2 February 1898, Dunolly, Victoria; Hector R born 1900 in Western Australia; John Edward born 25 January 1902 Goongarrie (Birth Registration 1752/1902); Allan James born 1903 Goongarrie (Birth Registration 1939/1903); Arthur Alwyn born 1905 Donnybrook (Birth Registration 7384/1905); Leslie William born 10 June 1908, Menzies (Birth Registration 61/1908, North Coolgardie); George born 16 December 1911 Menzies (Birth Registration 4/1911 North Coolgardie); Ernest born 1912 (Birth Registration 8/1913 North Coolgardie); Cyril Francis born 14 May 1915 at Menzies (Birth Registration 21/1915, North Coolgardie); Ellen Elizabeth born 25 May 1917 at Menzies (Birth Registration 17/1917, North Coolgardie). The children's father, John William, died on 1 October 1937 and was cremated in Perth. His wife died 26 August 1939 at Kalgoorlie.

Parents:Sarah Jane (nee WARREN) and John TEMPLEMAN (Line Repairer, WA Railways)
Birth Details:1896, Watchem, Victoria; Birth Registration 24256/1896, Watchem
Death Certificate:726/1901
State Records Office: Menzies - "Mary Templeman" deceased child. AU WA S76 cons430 1902/1687 Item - Part of GENERAL FILES [2]