Child of the Woodline – grave tales

Some years ago I posted the following photograph and although I said I had no idea who was the child buried  in this sad little grave in the Kalgoorlie Cemetery, it was shared many thousands of times. It evokes all the sadness of a family who were unable to afford a proper memorial so they used the babies own cot as a memorial. I have often gone to see this little grave and thought how it represents all the many thousands of little ones who have died before their time in the years of high child mortality from both accident and illness.

Now thanks to the staff at the Kalgoorlie cemetery I now have the name and have found  the story to go with it!

Allan William Zadkovich – aged 5 months


Grave No 9678 Catholic section.interred 13 August 1943. He was a child of the woodline, as the following article will show. His parent were Mr and Mrs Anton and Kate Zadkovich and he had a brothers, Anton Johnnie and Frank, and an uncle.  The life on the woodline, even in 1943 would be a hard one. It is not known what the cause of death was for little Allan. Could be an accident but more likely one of the possibly fatal childhoos diseases.

Fate was not yet done with this little family. Kate (aged 52), Allan’s mother, was herself to die on the 1st Oct 1952 in Boulder.  Kate was to join Allan at the Kalgoorlie Cemetery but not in the same grave.

NOTE:- Should you wish to see this little grave you can walk along the pathway outside the Kalgoorlie cemetery towards Hammond Park (catholic section). Not far from the main gate and close to a large tree nearly on the boundary fence you will find it easily.

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My name is Moya Sharp, I live in Kalgoorlie Western Australia and have worked most of my adult life in the history/museum industry. I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember and in particular the history of my adopted home the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Through my website I am committed to providing as many records and photographs free to any one who is interested in the family and local history of the region.

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  1. Robert Witt says:

    thank,s Moya,the read about the woodline’s is great,keep up the great Goldfields history and stories,,cheers Bob

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