Died 10 March 1902, three hours
Complied by Mark Bogaers November 2016 Revised March 2017
This child was born to James and Mabel Kirkham 10 March 1902 and he survived for three
hours.(2), although some accounts and sources recount that he was stillborn (3)
His parents owned the Reward Hotel in Siberia and the above pictured bougainvillea was
planted in memory of their lost son.
This hardy and venerable plant is now over 114 years old, and is watered by visiting
prospectors, locals, tourists and visitors to the area.(4)
Maybe it is because of this care or the loving vow of Mrs Kirkham that this plant will never
die because “Her heart is buried under it”.(5)
The Kirkham family appears to have remained in Siberia until at least the end of 1922 as James is mentioned in connection with the Palmerston Gold Mine (Invincible; Knight Commander; Camperdown; Hazel).(6) The family moved to Port Augusta South Australia where James died suddenly at the age of 60 years on the 9 April 1934. (7 8 9) Mabel Passed away 29 September 1965 aged 87 years.(10) This young Kirkham son had two brothers and three sisters with him being the fourth child, with my current research the only confirmed sibling is two brothers Malster Fred with sisters with married names of R Turner, R Rumhall and T Burke.(11) Although further research is required to identify the exact identity of these siblings. He shares the Siberia cemetery with his Uncle John Kirkham who is buried here also.(12)
1 EGHS. (2016, March 8). Eastern Goldfields Historical Society Facebook
2 Outbackfamilyhistory.(2013). outbackfamilyhistory.com.au/records.
3 Argus, H. J. (1999). The Forgoten Pioneers of the Eastern Goldfields, 40. Kalgoorlie, Western Australia,