Menzies Cemetery – grave tales

Just to let you know what I am working on at the moment. I have been doing a complete review of every page on the Outback Family History web site (all 468 pages) and have been making notes on:-
1. Things that need to be checked
2. Photos not working of needing replacement with a better one.
3. Additional names to be added.
4. Spellings checked.

Its a very big job but something that needs to be done each year. Fortunately people often let me know of errors beforehand so that they can be corrected.

The biggest project I have coming is the addition of the headstone photos where available, for the Boulder Cemetery and the launch of the Westonia Cemetery page.  I am starting with the Menzies Cemetery for no other reason than this has the most to be done. Following are some photos of one of the graves there and a photo of the person who is in the grave:-

Photos produced with the permission of Gary Cowans:-

SCHMIDT Emma Rebecca d. 24 Sept 1901, age 43, wife of Gustav –North Coolg death cert 39/1901 (Photo taken in 2016 by Gary Cowans)

The Strange case of Frederick Smith

A telegraph was received at Cue from Burnakurra, stating that a trucker who was employed at the Wha GM at Errolls was killed. It also stated that the body was buried at Errolls, and that no inquest was opened. The newspaper three days later reported – “In the circumstances, it will be necessary, in order that the jury may view the body, to exhume the remains. The actions of those responsible for the premature burial is wholly inexplicable, in view of the fact that a police officer is stationed at Barrambie, a few miles distance.

It appeared the fatality was preceded by a very peculiar combination of circumstances. Smith, had a contract for hauling dirt from an open cut, which was completed on the day previous to his death. He however, at the request of the management, agreed to work another shift, and should, in the ordinary course, have gone to work at two o’clock, the usual hour, and ceasing at 10 p.m. For some reason however, he was unable to commence until two hours later, when his attention was drawn to the fretting of the ground by some Italians. Smith continued working, and at 11 p.m. about two hundred tons of earth fell away. Smith was killed, also a horse drawing the trucks, and his dog. Had Smith been able to commence work at the usual time, he would have knocked off at 10 p.m, an hour prior to the accident. It is thought the fall was due to the recent heavy rains percolating the ground.

Errolls near Sandstone-Frederick SMITH Photo by Tricia and Ian James 2006 (Flowers by Nature)

Frederick William Smith died 21.5.1908 aged 33yrs at the Wha Goldmine at Errolls in the Sandstone district. – buried at Errolls by John Pooley. Witness present at burial were Charles H Driver and John Looney. Death certified by Howard Bryden Smith (brother of the deceased) at Barrambie.
Smith was a miner who was accidentally killed by a fall of earth at the Wha Goldmine. Born at Fords, South Australia – son of Isabella (nee Graham) and James Neilson Smith (farmer).  At the inquest a verdict of accidental death was returned with no blame attached to any person.

Note:- Steve Rogers told that in the mine in which Smith was killed, Bluey Woinar from Menzies, had found a revolver under a mass of quartz with one shot fired and five bullets still in the gun. So doubts arise as to whether Smith was killed by a bullet or the quartz fall. It is thought that he may have been buried alive and had taken his own life rather than slowly perish.
In recent years Steve Rogers cleared up the grave site and repaired the headstone.

NOTE:  Errolls is sometimes referred to as Errols. It is along the Meekatharra Sandstone road.

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Yalgoo Images –

Yalgoo Courthouse mid 1950s

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