Our Boys – a verse

Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 – 1916), Thursday 28 January 1897, page 9


Out to the West, with its golden tale,
They steal off one by one,
And some will prosper, and some will fail
In the land of the setting sun.

You take with you, boys, our best goodwill
Good luck in the Golden West
We’ll meet when you’re gone and think of you still,
Out on the mines with the pick and the drill,
Or shut in an office driving a quill.
And we’ll hope for you all that is best.

There are Port Augusta boys, we know,
Will remember their town in the North,
Far off in the West where the hot winds blow,
When the sun goes down and the lights burn low,
There all hearts will beat and eyes will glow
For the home that sent them forth,

They’ll remember the pluck of the men that stood
By the town they loved so well;
There’s a grit that runs in the Northern blood
That will carry a man through flame or flood,
And we know that blood will tell.

They’ll remember the race from which they sprung
men of the ” thin red line
And with honor back to our town will come,
Back from the laud of the setting sun,
All in their own good time.

Ye go to the west, but the day will be
When back to the dear old home
Back to the home in the North Countree-
The boys will gather from over the sea,
And the girls with their bridegrooms come.

Tis hard to know what course is best
In this world, as we’re often told,
But the boys who went from the North to the West
Will be able to take their chance with the rest
And I’ll warrant that many will stand the test,
For their ring is genuine gold.

And whether they come back old and broke,
Or young, and owning a mine,
There’s a welcome here for the Northern bloke,
And we’ll light our pipes, and in their smoke
We’ll pitch of Auld Lang Syne.

N. A. W. Port Augusta, January 13, 1897.

Early Days – the Stock and Hill Families


The following photographs and information have been kindly sent by Lesley Ryle nee Moloney and features members of her family.

Along the bottom of the photo is written Sir John Forrest and party at the National Bank of Australasia, MALCOLM WA. Sadly no date but (probably 1898-1900) On the right seated, is Peter Hill possibly the Mayor of Malcolm at the time this was taken. Standing up with the dark trousers and belt and half mast tie is my Grandfather, David William STOCK. He was a councillor and then Mayor. He is second from the right with the hat on.  David William STOCK born 24/1/1873  in Ararat Vic. DOD 13/7/1942, Leonora, married the sister of Peter HILL, one Frances (Fanny) HILL in 1899, (DOD Feb 1912) Malcolm.

All six of David William Stocks children were born in Malcolm, from May 1901 until Sept 1922. His son Malcolm, who is nearly 97 yrs old still has memories of the family. I hope to speak to him soon to hear the story about Peter Hill owning the first car in Leonora.

David William Stock

David William Stock

Early Malcolm   –   Western Mail, 27 July 1939, page 11

Dear “Non-com”
This is my first essay at writing to the Dolly Pot. I have been a constant reader of the W.M. for many years.  I remember Arthur Burrows when he was with the Malcolm “Chronicle,” also Billy Boyd and Bobby Hirst.  The brothers who owned the well at the top of Star street at the foot of the Warden’s Hill were named Woodman,  and the tank-maker’s name was Dick Currie. I believe Dick afterwards had a store or a pub at Mertondale. The name of the sergeant of police was Brophy, now passed on. I met his widow and family in Perth in 1926.

D W Stock General Store Malcolm

D W Stock General Store Malcolm

I was in Malcolm when Peter Hill was elected as the first mayor of Malcolm. His only rival was a solicitor named Wainwright. What a night! Mr. Hewson, who was elected town clerk, was the local schoolmaster and a few months after being appointed he became the father of twins. When he arrived at his office the following morning he found a flagpole to which was attached a black flag, with skull and crossbones!

Central Hotel Leonora, P Hill

Central Hotel Leonora, P Hill

P Hill outside the Central Hotel, Leonora

Peter Hill outside the Central Hotel, Leonora

At that time Harry Day, of coaching fame, was mine host at Jessup’s Hotel. Peter Hill had the Malcolm Hotel, Fred Brewer the Exchange, and Dick Lancaster the Royal. Dick died suddenly and his son also Dick, took over the management. Later when a new pub was built at the top of Gem Street opposite the new post office, and only a few yards from the “Chronicle” printery, it was run by a Mr. Robbins. Lou Harris had a hairdressing and tobacco saloon. He was also the local bookie. Lou was running the Darling Range Hotel at Helena Vale in 1926.

Peter HIlls Hotel Malcolm

Peter Hill’s ,Malcolm Hotel

Paddy Hill was Peter’s brother. Wild McCarthy was groom to G. W. Hall. He earned the name of “Wild” on account of the way he used to drive a three in hand. Those three horses wanted driving, too. I have often seen the leader, a pony called ‘The Rat’, turn completely round and look at McCarthy, and then refuse to turn back and get moving. Then would commence a battle for mastery, but McCarthy always won. I am not going to say who the Mountain Devil was. He might still be alive and I am no fighter!   From  – THE ANZAC TOMMY, Roleystone.

Greek Tragedy at Lawlers

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Accident at the State Battery

Allan Murray AYLES Wiluna Cemetery

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A Faithful Wife, True and Kind !

H Cramer Saddler and Harness Maker, Bayley Street Coolgardie 1903

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