Tommy King and ‘The Miners Dream’

The Southern Cross Times 9th May 1914  –     THE MINERS DREAM
1935(approx) - WILUNA WA - GAYFORD

The old identities expressed deep and sincere regret yesterday when  word came into town that old Tommy King had been killed at Parker’s Range, for Tommy was one of the pioneers of 1887 and 1888. For over 28 years the deceased maintained that he had a rich gold find divulged to him in a dream. His dream was so vivid that he returned here again and again with the object of locating the dream find. Some years ago, Mick Hoffman got some good prospects near the place that old Tom had been dreaming about, and together they applied for a gold mining lease. It was rather appropriate that they called it  ‘The Miners Dream’.

Unfortunately after some work had been done, the values cut out and again the scenes of old Tommy’s dream was abandoned, and he went back on wages again and worked until the dream haunted him once more. As soon a funds permitted he got old Tommy Smart—another old 1888. man to join him, and when both were old and feeble fortune smiled on them and the spot that had disturbed their pioneer’s sleep was hit upon. The ‘Miner’s Dream lease was again applied for and the two old ’88 battlers made enough money to give them that joyful feeling of independence that gladdens the hearts cf the members of the ‘old brigade’. All was going smoothly and well with the dreamer and his mate until Thursday last, when word came to town  that the workings of the Miner’s Dream had collapsed and that poor old Tommy King ‘the dreamer’ had been suffocated……….
Yesterday a jury viewed his remains, and today an inquest will be held, but old Tom, his good and bad qualities, will be buried for ever and the dream that came true will no longer trouble him. Had all been divulged in that fatal dream, how. different things might have been. May Tom’s soul know more rest than his fragile body knew is our fervent wish.


KING Tommy Killed Parkers Range 5 May 1914 age 65

Tommy King, Southern Cross Pioneer Cemetery.

Southern Cross Times 23rd May 1914

Tommy King’s Funeral.  –  At the funeral of old Tommy King the road to the cemetery was in such state the cortege lost itself, and had to cut across the bush to make their destination.

One would imagine with rates received from this part it would not be too much to ask the Roads Board to place a finger post behind the Mountain Queen directing the way to God’s acre. If they are unable to make a decent road for us to travel when we are paying the last tribute to our dear parted ones, the least we can ask is that directions be posted to avoid the unpleasant contretemps of last Saturday. Again we have to chronicle the passing away of one more of the “old brigade.” that old brigade to whom Westralia owes so much, the pioneers of the mining industry. It seems almost a paradox that those hardy veterans who blazed the track, along which progress and prosperity followed, should almost invariably in the gloaming of their day, meet with the frowns instead of the smiles of fortune. Even the town with all to thank them for, look askance on the old warriors. God’s peace to you, the track blazers.
                                                              Though the town in its pride may despise you,
                                                           Tho’ its people your ways may condemn.
                                                 Your country who judges will prize you.
Tis’ to you she has looked, not to them,
For where progress encounters resistance.
Her far away outposts you keep.
Knowing nought of the joys of existence,
Whilst sowing that others may reap.
Snapz-Pro-XScreenSnapz01613Who among the prospectors of the South Yilgarn but did not know Tommy King, the battler of the battlers, eccentric, for who has had the hardship of prospecting with the environs and the ever dreary expectancy of the bushland but becomes eccentric. But with a man of sterling integrity, always remembering a kindness, never forgetting a friend, never forgetting his manhood and with that sturdy independence incidental to the members of the track blazers. Never looking for wages as long as he had enough to satisfy his every-day wants, always looking for that chimerical fortune, which alas! so seldom comes, satisfied he was doing his best. God rest his soul. He had carried the pioneer’s burden north, south and the east and the west unknown to his spirit that reward life brings with its Yuletide of rest, struggling ever that theme coming after who knew not the cares he had known in
idleness, joy, song and laughter, should reap of the seed he had sown.
NOTE: Tommy’s full name was – Thomas Christopher Nunn KING

Pioneers of Southern Cross – Grave Tales

If you have ever traveled by road to or from Kalgoorlie to Perth, you will no doubt have passed through Southern Cross. At the entrance to the town (from the Kalgoorlie side) you may have noticed a large stone with a plaque and several cemetery headstones arranged in a semi circle around it.  These are the memorials from the graves of some of the early pioneers of the Southern Cross District and have been gathered together from various places nearby and brought into town to preserve them and to allow them to be seen by visitors. It is a most attractive display and great care has been made to arrange them in a way to make them last for another 100 years or more.


Souther Cross Pioneer Menorial

Southern Cross Pioneer Memorial

Photographs of each headstone and of the plaques can be viewed on my web site @ –

However in the case of Louis Thompson ROSE who died on the 23. Dec 1895, a reader, Mrs Evelyn Mitchell, has sent me the following newspaper article printed in Malmsbury Victoria (date unknown) she says:- ‘The Mr J Young, mentioned in the report, is the future father of a little baby who is buried in the Kalgoorlie Cemetery’


Louis Thompson ROSE Southern Cr

Louis Thompson ROSE Southern Cr

Death at Southern Cross – Mrs William Rose of Malmsbury is the unfortunate recipient of a communication from the curator of intestate estates Perth WA, conveying the sad intelligence that her third son, Louis Thompson Rose had succumbed to the ravages of Typhoid fever in the Government Hospital in Southern Cross on the 23rd December. The young man who was only 20 years of age, left Malmsbury in October last, and a letter received from him on the 1st December – his latest communication – conveyed the impression that he was well, happy and prosperous. At that time the deceased was engaged carrying on the road at the head of the line near Kalgoorlie. A cousin, Mr J Young, who saw him start work, came to Malmsbury for a brief respite and has just returned to Western Australia but will not reach his destination for some days. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Rose and family who are well known an respected in their bereavement.



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