A Most Determined Suicide – grave tales

While researching the names of all those buried in the Bardoc cemeteries, I came across this following death which I originally through may have been someone buried in Bardoc. Coolgardie Miner (WA : 1894 – 1911), Tuesday 5 March 1895, page 3   What seems to have been a most determined suicide, took place at […]

Reminiscences of Kathleen Mary Byrth

The following story is with the kind permission of Kathleen’s family, in particular thanks Kevin Smith and Robyn McLean. Some of the photographs have been loaned by Peter – the older of the tworobbos where indicated. THE SMITH/DUDLEY FAMILY AT BARDOC, W.A. Reminiscences of Kathleen Mary Byrth (nee Smith) On August 25 1893 Mary and […]

Two Lonely Graves – grave tales

CALDER William Leslie:- died 12.10.1896 aged 3 yrs 3 mths at Speakman Find (now Callion Mine) in the Menzies district. Buried at Speakman Find. He died from convilsions. Born: Dunnolly, VIC. He was the child of Alexander and Annie (nee Speakman) CALDER, he had only been in WA for 3 months. The following information was […]

He Had So Much Work To Do – a verse by Henry Lawson

Another favourite verse from the pen of Henry Lawson Tell a simple little story of a settler in the West, Where the soldier birds and farmers, and selectors never rest While the sun shines—and they often work in rainy weather, too: But it’s all about a young man who had so much work to do. […]

Agents of Empire – book review

How E.L. Mitchell’s photographs shaped Australia By Joanna Sassoon For nearly 100 years, E.L. Mitchell’s emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors? With unprecedented access to private collections and showcasing his extraordinary photographs, Agents of Empire charts Mitchell’s rise from his struggles as […]