Lonely Graves in Western Australia
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During many years of travelling the bush, I have come across the sad and lonely graves of many people. I am left pondering the tragedy that resulted in a burial in these often extremely isolated places, and I am continually amazed at the dedication displayed by those who made the effort to erect a monument. For me this dedication is epitomised by the headstone for Fred Savory at Burrumbar. Fred died in 1901 and the headstone was erected by "his faithful mate" Bob Towers. When I first went to this site around 2000, it was hard to locate and we had GPS, air con in 4WD vehicles and cold beer in the fridge, a vast difference to the conditions in 1901. It is this "mateship" that is hard to define but is none the less an integral part of being Australian.
The links below will take you to a collection of photos taken of lonely graves in the bush. It represents a very small number of those that are scattered throughout the whole state. Many have fallen into disrepair and hundreds have vanished altogether. Yet others have been restored in memory of those that perished and each one has a tale to tell, if only it could be told.
It is important that these be recorded, if only for the completeness of history.
Photos Lonely Graves
(The link above will take you to Picasa online photos.)
These are images of
graves that are not in a formal cemetery but are simply in the
near where the departed was found.
Lonely Bush Graves
These are photos and a bit of history about lonely graves scattered around WA in the bush.
WA4WD Online Data
have collected a few details about some graves of people
in more formal cemeteries around the place. This is by no means
complete and is only as accurate as the records that have been
or headstones that remain. There are photos in the picasa online
that can be found by accessing the Lonely Graves link.
Balla Balla Cemetery
The Balla Balla
Cemetery is about 18km from Whim Creek towards the
coast on the old Balla Balla Road. It is a bit hard to spot, as it
Black FlagAn old cemetery out near Broad Arrow
Old Broome Cemetery
This is the pioneer
cemetery near the beach. This link goes directly to the images.
The Condon cemetery is located near the old town of Condon in the Pilbara. It is unmarked and unfenced an not generally visible at a casual glance.Davyhurst Cemetery
There are two
cemeteries near Lake Austin. The first is located on the "Island" at Lake Austin, just south
old railway station. The other is north of the Island and is on the eastern side of the main road.
There are two cemeteries at Lennonville. One is on the western side of the Great Northern Highway and is also known as called Warramboo. The other cemetery is some distance away on the east of the highway, and there is nothing to mark this sad burial ground.
Millie SoakLocated on Nallan Station about 5km from the Great Northern Highway, just north of Cue.
cemetery is located near the old township of
Nannine, just south of Meekatharra. There is a turn off for
just south of the old town turn off on the main road to
are many graves there, but most are unmarked.
Old Cue Cemetery
Located just outside Cue.
Payne's Find Cemetery
On the new Great Northern
Highway diversion around Payne's Find and directly opposite
The graves are near the old
Baron Rothschild Mine on the way to Field's Find.
There appears to be only 4 burials at Rothsay, however, there are at least four other in the area, though I have yet to find any of these.
(In WA not Russia)
Whim CreekThe Whim Creek cemetery is on the Northern Side of the highway opposite the Whim Creek turn off.
Located in the bush under some scrub near the old railway dam 1 mile west of Wurarga.