Callion Cemetery

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This information was provided by Alex Morrison about the Callion Cemetery which is on Credo Station. In the photo links the grave on the left is of William Leslie Calder. 
There are a couple of pieces of tin lying on the graves which are believed to be the original markers.
The 'Headstones' are really thick Iron plates with the details put on with a welder. They have been painted white making it difficult to read and impossible to photograph. The head original headboards were replaced in 1956 with the more durable ones now there.
Callion was gazetted as a town in 1897 so maybe the Calder child was the son of a lone prospector.
Alex tidied them up and put some wildflowers on them.

Name Date of Death Other Information
Calder, William Leslie 12/10/1896 Aged 3. He died of convulsions. He had only been in WA for 3 months.
This was received from Rodney Samson:
William Leslie Calder was a grandson of George Speakman (my Great, Great Grandfather) who owned the Callion Mine and the older brother of my maternal Grandmother, Elsie Calder. My Grandmother returned to  VICTORIA in 1898 with most of the family to set up various businesses from the proceeds of the mine and to start another mine in DUNOLLY. A little bit of family history, a number of gold nuggets were kept and all children that were alive and then born after 1898 were each given a nugget. My mother was one of the last ones to get a nugget before they ran out.

My Great, Great Grandfather was an interesting person, on returning from WA in 1899/90 he bought 'Coombe Cottage' and a few years later lost it in a card game and it was bought by Dame Nellie Melba whose descendants still live there.  To add interest, my Grandmothers surname was 'Calder' and I live just off the Calder Highway, and GISBORNE was the second stop from MELBOURNE on the Cobb & Co trek to BENDIGO
Kenny, Thomas 1/3/1899 Aged 12. He died of "hereditary" consumption.


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