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 Imms (Kathleens Grandson) and Robyn McLean. THE SMITH/DUDLEY FAMILY AT BARDOC, W.A. Reminiscences of Kathleen Mary Byrth (nee Smith) On August 25 1893 Mary and Lionel Dudley, with their four children and Mary’s brother Timothy Steedman, left Victoria for Western […]

Bardoc Cemetery – ghost towns

I recently had the good fortune to be take out to the two Bardoc Cemeteries by Kellie Carter from Mt Vetters Station. The first Cemetery has only has one headstone, that of L J Dudley, and there is a memorial stone to Kellie’s Grandfather, Wesley Wallace CARTER. This was the original cemetery which never ended […]

An Old Timer Remembers

OLD-TIMER’S LETTER  –   Employee in First Post Office in Kalgoorlie Kalgoorlie Miner 17 May 1950, page 2 Mr. Lionel  J. Dudley, an old-timer, sent an interesting account of some of his experiences in the early days of the goldfields to Mr. J. D. Teahan, Mayor of Boulder. Once an employee in the first post […]

Bardoc Ghosts

Back in 2004 I corresponded for a time (the old fashioned way by letter) with a man who spent time in Bardoc as a child and he was in the process of writing his memoirs Frank Kilpatrick from Bassendean.  He wrote:- “Greetings, my daughter, who has access to the internet , tells me from your […]