Richard Ryan – grave tales

Richard RYAN Kalgoorlie Cemetery 1908

Richard Ryans Grave 2017

Westralian Worker (Perth, WA : 1900 – 1951), Friday 20 March 1908, page 8

The Perseverance Accident.

The Boulder Branch has lost yet another of its members bv fatal accident. this time at the Perseverance mine. Richard Ryan, who has been in the Union for a number of years, was killed by falling against some pass logs and info a winze. The deceased was quite an institution on the mine and was well liked. No blame appeared to be attachable to any one except in regard the sands which he was running into the winze being left too long—some eight or nine months —and thus becoming caked.

The funeral Was largeley attended by his comrades,  Messrs. Glance and Dodd attended on behalf of the union.

Evening Star (Boulder, WA : 1898 – 1921), Wednesday 11 March 1908, page 3


A miner named Richard Ryan, aged 45, a single man, met his death at the BouIder Perseverance today. He was working in a pass at the 400 feet, when he lost his footing and rolled to the 500ft, where he struck a rill and rolled over into a stope. He was dead when examined. It is worth noting that the police cart was not used in the removal of the body to the morgue, the two-wheel mine ambulance being used, and proving comparably superior than the methods which have recently been brought under comment.

The deceased was a native of Geelong Vic, single and ,about 45 years of age. So.far as is known his only relative in the state is his brother, Mr. Cornelius Ryan, of Collie, who, prior to taking up land in that district, was also well known in Boulder. Richard Ryan was. a member of the Boulder branch of the Miners.

Richard is featured on the Western Australia Virtual Miners Memorial at:-


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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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