Indigenous Digger Honoured-

We have now set the date to honour and dedicate the new plaque on the grave of Hubert Laurence, for the 8th July 2017 at 11am at the Kalgoorlie Cemetery.

Hugh Laurence and his two uncles Harry Dickerson and James William King.

Hugh Laurence and his two uncles Harry Dickerson and James William King.

Funding to have the grave surrounds and headstone restored and for a new plaque to be engraved to recognise Hugh’s war service has been supplied by the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder. Hugh Laurence is one of the few indigenous members of the 10th Light Horse Regiment. Although Hugh was born in York,he is a Noongar man, and lived for much of his life in Kalgoorlie. He is buried along with his wife Ruth and his 13 year old son, Brian Leslie, who died in 1937.

The grave of the Laurence Family (Unrestored)

The grave of the Laurence Family (Unrestored)

A service is to be held at the Kalgoorlie Cemetery on the last day of NAIDOC Week on Sat 8 July. Local Noongar Elder, Aubrey Lynch, will be conducting an Aboriginal Ceremony and the great Nephew of Hugo, Keith Hardwood will be doing the Smoking Ceremony.  Hugo is the nephew of James Dickerson (DOW received at The Nek Gallipoli) and Harry Dickerson also of 10LHR .

We would like to try and contact as many of Hugo’s relatives as possible and would also like to extend an invitation to everyone would would like to come along on the day to show their respect. Hugh was also know as Hugo and his nick name was ‘Pud’. Would there be any locals who may still remember him?

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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. Diane Lee Dickerson says:

    Being a Dickerson i find this so interesting. I wonder if ime related

  2. Barrie McMahon says:

    Congratulations Moya. This is a significant achievement. Jan and I will do our best to travel to Kalgoorlie attend the ceremony. Cheers Barrie

  3. Janine Booy says:

    Moya, Can you please contact me in regards to Pud Laurence. He was my grandfather. My number is 0407799972. I would love to know if you have any further information. I was not aware that he even served in the war. The best time to contact me would be between 1-2pm(lunchtime) or after 5pm. Thanks Janine Booy

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