Outback Graves Markers

Ronald Donald MCMILLAN

Burial Location:Box Soak  (details...)
Occupation: Shepherd
Place of Death: Box Soak, North Coolgardie, Goldfield
Date of Death: 30 January 1905
Date of Burial:31 January 1905
Age:65 years
Cause of Death:Supposed Heart Failure
OGM Ref#: 0680
Monument Style: His grave originally had wooden posts on it in 1957; it now appears to just have stones around it.


The deceased was buried by JF Moore about 50-60 kms east of Kookynie. Witnesses present at the burial were Eugene Rider and James O'Connor. His death was certified in writing by Police Constable James O'Connor (Regimental No. 187) of Yundermindera. He was employed as a shepherd by Robert Heppingstone and died, supposedly, of heart failure. The occupation of shepherd was not a common one for the area but the Coolgardie Herald, dated 17 December 1904, on the Box Creek Rush, stated: A number of miners employed by Potosi Consolidated have left work to proceed to the rush and about sixteen parties are working claims and others are shepherding.

Parents:Janet (nee McDONALD) and James McMILLAN
Spouse:1. Maria Elizabeth LYONS (nee McEwen) 2. De facto relationship with Catherine (Kate) CREWE
Marriage Details:1. 6 December 1860, Narrabri, NSW, Marriage Reg.No.2733/1860, district Wee Waa; 2. de facto relationship, no marriage registered
Children:1: Janet McDonald b. 5 Jan 1862, Moree; Donald McDonald b. 1 Aug 1864, Wellingrove; Duncan, born 2 March 1866, Glen Innes; Alexander George, born 26 Sept 1867, Nowendoc; 2: Celecia, Arthur, Evelyn and Lillian Maude
Birth Details:4 April 1842, Maitland/Dunmore, New South Wales
Death Certificate:816/1905
Comments:Some records show his age at death as 62 years and his name as Ronald McDonald McMillan.
Details of all children, grandchildren and great-grand-children appear in "Lonely Graves & Burials at Sea" by Kevin and Yvonne Coate: Volume 2, page 593.