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