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George Frederick LEIPOLD

Burial Location:Kookynie  (details...)
Occupation: Miner
Place of Death: Leonora Hospital
Date of Death: 27 October 1915
Date of Burial:28 October 1915
Age:51 years
Cause of Death:Mine Roof Collapse
OGM Ref#: 1996
Monument Style: The grave features a very low concrete wall around a concrete slab on which the inscription is written.A headstone memorial has been added to commemorate their son, Jack (John James) who died in France in 1916.


In Loving Memory of
The dearly loved husband of
Who was accidentally killed in
Mine Niagara 27th Oct 1915
Aged 51 years


George Frederick worked at a prospecting area at Niagara. The owners, Messrs G. Leipold and party, were having crib in the drive when a quantity of mullock fell out of the roof, crushing Mr. Leipold, who was immediately underneath. He was removed to the Leonora Hospital, where his injuries turned fatal. He apparently suffered several broken ribs, severe internal injuries and a broken thigh. The body was removed to Kookynie for burial the following day. The deceased left a wife and five grown-up children. One son, who had recently enlisted, was, at the time of his father's death, at the Blackboy Hill camp. Sadly, the lad, John James, aged 24 years, died from wounds on active service in France on 2 August 1916.

George left an estate valued at £543 9s to his wife, Elizabeth. Somewhere between 1894 and 1904, the family had moved to Western Australia and by 1903 were living in Kookynie. George Frederick Leipold was the eldest child and first son in a family of nine boys and two girls born to a German father and an English mother. Johannes Leipold was born in Hintersteinau, Hessen, Germany, on 1 June 1836. He arrived in Melbourne on 13 March 1862 and married Jane Pearce on 15 September that same year. After the birth of George, their other children were Johannes Adam born 1867; Albert born 1868; William Anton born 1870; Edward born 1871; Frederick Wilhelm born 1873, died 1887; Elizabeth born 1875, died 1882; Christina born 1876; Henry Nicholas born 1878, died 1879; James born 1880, died 1905; Henry born and died 1882.

Jane Pearce died 9 April 1883 at Daylesford, Victoria. Johannes died at Basalt Hill, Victoria on 2 June 1902.

Parents:Jane (nee PEARCE) and Johannes LEIPOLD
Spouse:Elizabeth THOMPSON
Marriage Details:8 February 1888, Daylesford, Victoria; Marriage Registration 1543/1888, Victoria
Children:Elizabeth Jane b.1888 VIC; Flora Bertha b.1890, died 1891; George William b.1891; John James b.1892; Mabel Christina b.1894; Stillborn male 1904 Niagara; Lillian Gwendoline b.1907 Doodlakine
Birth Details:29 August 1864, Daylesford, Victoria; Birth Registration 21309/1864, Daylesford, Victoria - in the name LEOPOLD
Death Certificate:34/1915, Mt Margaret
State Records Office: George Frederick Leipold AU WA S59 cons3458 1915/221 Item - Part of APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS OF LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION (ORIGINALS)