Menzies Update –

I mentioned a while back that I was starting an upgrade on the Outback Family History website page by page. The first town I started on was Menzies (for no particular reason). Now after much longer than I thought it would take, it is complete. Well as complete as any history page can ever be. As always, it will remain open for any corrections – additions or omissions.

The page is divide up into several sections as follows with an example of each section:-


Mr Fred Dawson:- This is a prosperous business in the wholesale fruit, vegetables and general produce is carried on by Mr F W Dawson who commands a large proportion of ‘out-back’ trade. He sends farm and dairy produce to all northern centres and has a turnover of some 80 tons per month, the bulk of which goes to outlying districts. Mr Dawson started on a small scale but the volume of his business has continuously increased and he has twice found it necessary to move to larger premises until now where he occupies this commodious building here illustrated.


BRADSHAW Priscilla d. 29 Jun 1900 age 29, wife of A E, Died Typhoid – North Coolg death cert 41/1900

BRANKSTONE Henry prem birth 22 Jan 1910 Grave 35 Anglican Section lived 1 day – North Coolg death cert 1/1910

BREMNER Peter d. 12 Jan 1902 age 25, son of David and Euphemia (nee Gibson) Born VIC, Blacksmith, Suicide – North Coolg death cert 5/1902

BRETAG John Otto d. 16 Nov 1923 age 57 –North Coolg death cert 7/1923

BRETAG William Frederick d. 27 Mar 1902 age 9mths, Father John Bretag, Police Constable – North Coolg death cert 20/1902


Surname Other Names Sex Residence Occupation
ABBOTT Agnes F Niagara Domestic
ABBOTT Anne F Gladstone G.M., Niagara Married
ABBOTT Annie F Niagara Married
ABBOTT John Charles M Niagara Miner


The Menzies Hotel, Menzies

The Menzies Hotel, Cnr of Brown and Shenton Sts Menzies Built 1902 (Now a cafe)
April 24 1901 – The Menzies Hotel is the pioneer hostelry of the town of Menzies. It is not a very pretentious looking structure but in the early days anyone who was anybody foregathered there and it was the centre of all the social life of the town. It was built by Mr H Gregory who now represents the electorate of North Coolgardie in the Wa Parliament. After he retired from the hotel Mr F Cornell became the landlord and he in turn gave place to Mr G H Jackson who now does a large proportion of the trade in the old house. Mr Jackson is a newcomer but his business abilities and genial disposition soon gained him hosts of friends. Visitors to the town should either stay at Jackoson’s or make a point of seeing him if the house is full and they are obliged to stay elsewhere. Fore rare and choice brands of good liquor jackson’s is the house.


Lady Harriet Gold Mine, Charles, William, James, William Snr. & Thomas SAWYER


Menzies Cricket team 1932:- Back Row:- Bill Collier, Ben Dellar, Frank Banto, Harold Newman, Harold Bowden, Frank Collier, Keith Newman, Bill Wilson, Lou Pianto
Front Row:- Ossie Pianto, Pat Sawyer, Joe Pianto, Tom Wilson (Capt), Harold Templeton, Sonny Allen, Tom Dillon


Shenton Street Menzies

Shenton Street, Menzies, businesses shown, Railway Hotel, Wach and Co, R Norris Draper and Clothier and the Lady Shento Dining Rooms. c1907


WW1 Soldiers born in Menzies:-

Bawden Albert Patrick : Place of Birth ; Menzies WA ; Place of Enlistment ; Kalgoorlie WA ;
Next of Kin; Father – Bawden John Thomas
Bowman Arthur Gilmour : Place of Birth ; Menzies WA ; Place of Enlistment ; Bunbury WA ;
Next of Kin; Father – Bowman John
Butler James Harold : Place of Birth ; Menzies WA ; Place of Enlistment ; Geraldton WA ;
Next of Kin; Father – Butler William John
Butler James Richard : Place of Birth ; Menzies WA ; Place of Enlistment ; Melbourne VIC ;
Next of Kin Gaunt Mrs M


A Gold Seekers Odyssey  by L R Menzies – Leslie Menzies was one of the hopeful band of prospectors who arrived in Western Australia during the 1890s goldrush.  A successful miner in the USA & NZ his knowledge gave him an early advantage at Parkers Range & the Murchison. The Menzies mines were discovered by him in 1894.  In the ups & downs of mining Menzies found that down was almost out, Greener fields in Madagascar, Africa, Japan and later the Kimberley beckoned. He eventually retired to California where he wrote these reminiscences shortly before his death in 1939. Available from Hesperian Press:-

The next stage is to add short biographies to as many of the names of those buried in the Menzies Cemetery, my family included. If you have a short story of anyone buried there do let me know and I will add them in. Also, if there is something that you feel should be added to the page, I would like to hear from you.

In all there are over 60 photographs, 25 pages in 12 categories. I hope that you will have a look and let me know what you think.  The page address is:- Menzies


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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:

    Hi Moya,thanks for the great history of the goldfields,fantastic reading,and i allways look forward to your history sto
    ries ,,cheers Bob

  2. Graeme Evans says:

    Great stuff Moya, I remember in fact knew some of those in the cricket team .

    We were in Menzies in the mid fifties .

    Graeme Evans.

  3. My grandfather was teacher at the school in Menzies around 1921. Are there any records of this time? His names was Maurice Ickeringill and his wife Peggy.

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