Stories from the Graves
Patrick Madigan died about 5/11/1934 aged 54 years at Mt Hardman Tank, about 30 kilometres east of Liveringa homestead. Buried on 8/11/1934 at Mt Hardman Tank, Upper Liveringa Station by L O'Neill, Police Constable, Fitzroy Crossing. Madigan was a jockey and horseman, who was born in South Australia. Outback Grave Markers were taken to Mt Hardman Tank by Jed O'Brien the cattle manager of Liveringa Station on 13th June 2015 and Madigan's grave was clearly visible, about 30 metres north of the cattle yards and just through the fence to the west of the track. A plaque for Patrick Madigan was installed on that day.
George Francis Auckland died 10/12/1915 aged 47 years on Federal Downs Station, West Kimbnerley - buried on Federal Downs Station by Arthur Parnell O"Leary and Constable Clifford. The informant was RM Govern, store manager, Derby.
Auckland was a staion manager, who was murdered by natives. He was born in Lacmalac, New South Wales and had lived in Western Australia for 18 years. Further Reference: One Wet Season by Ion L Idriess. Federal Downs Station is now part of Napier Downs Station. The site of Auckland's grave is known, but only accessable by helicopter, so his plaque has been given to Napier downs staff to install and record the exact location.
James Marron died on 9/6/1902 aged about 39 years at Upper Levaringa, Fitzroy River - buried at Upper Levaringa (Liveringa) by Percy Rose in witness of Ah Chow. Marron was a stockman, who died of malarial fever. He was born in Ireland. Liveringa Station diaries of Thursday 12th June 1902...."Mail arrived here this afternoon with a dead passenger; buried poor fellow this evening, died at Troy's Lagoon, also two other sick passengers." Further Reference: Journal and Proceedings of the RWAHS Vol 10, Part 1 (1989) - article "Liveringa: Fable. Fact, Farce and Failure" by Jim Anderson. In June 2015 a plaque for him was placed under the big boab tree in Jarran Paddock, Old Liveringa Station.
Peter Saunders came to Kununurra in 1973 as the District Veterinary Officer for the WA Department of Agriculture. He was employed primarily to perform TB testing as part of the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign (BTEC) for the East Kimberley cattle properties. After completing a Master of Veterinary Science at James Cook University (Townsville) in 1975 he became the Regional Veterinary Officer overseeing the BTEC program for the entire Kimberley region, and all animal health issues. Peter won the respect and cooperation of all of the station owners and managers during his time in the Kimberley, which sadly came to an untimely end when he contracted encephalitis in 1982. Peter’s work with the cattle producers of the Kimberley during his short professional life was significant in the final eradication of TB from Australia in 1997 and the opening up of live cattle export markets from this region. Peter and his wife Jenny had three sons during their years in Kununurra and were active participants in the development of the local community, involved in the committees that ran the Race and Rodeo Clubs, Kununurra Show Society, the Ord River Sailing Club, Kununurra Tennis Club, Kimberley Arts Council, Kununurra Kindergarten and P&C and the Review Crew, a group which produced satirical theatre performances. Peter sustained extensive brain damage from the encephalitis infection but survived in care for another 32 years, dying on 19 November 2014. In June 2015, at the request of his family, Trevor and Sue Tough placed his ashes and a plaque at the Kununurra Racecourse.
A labourer aged 15 years and 9 months, who died on 4/5/1904 of fever, after several days of illness. The death certificate shows that his father was also a labourer on Liveringa. He is buried in what is known now as Jarran paddock.
David Walker died 17/5/1934 aged 50 years at Congoes Water Hole (Kongrow Pool) on the Barker River at Napier Downs Station, West Kimberley - buried at Congoes Water Hole, Napier Downs Station by H Bannon in witness of Alexander Thompson, Kimberley Downs Station. The informant was H Bannon, station manager, Napier Downs Station. David Walker was a contractor, who died of influenza and malarial fever. He was born in Scotland and had been in Western Australia for several years. At the time of his death, Napier Downs Station had built and worked a cattle yard on an island in the Barker River bed, adjacent to the Kongrow Pool. When searching for Walker's grave, Outback Grave Markers walked along the Barker River to the island, found remnants of the cattle yards and found the likely location of the camp where David Walker died. The most likely location of his grave is under an enormous boab tree located on a sand ridge at the foot of a rocky knoll on the island, overlooking Kongrow Pool. No sign of his grave was found, due to damage by cattle and also an old water tank, now demolished, had at some time been built on the other side of the boab tree. Inscriptions carved into the tree are indecipherable. This likely location of his grave is at E 124 degrees 46' 46.41" and S 17 degrees 08' 40.7"
Unknown Coach Passenger
A dead passenger from the mail coach, who died at Troy's Lagoon to the east of Liveringa. Troy's lagoon was a stop over and a permanent water hole for the mail coach on its route following the Fitzroy River. In June 2015 a plaque for him was placed under the big boab tree in Jarran Paddock, Old Liveringa Station.
Harold Austin Gill died 9/3/1922 aged about 36 years at Mt Anderson, West Kimberley - buried at Mt Anderson by J Sargent in witness of D Williams. Harold Gill was a woolclasser, who died supposedly of heat stroke.
Richard Herman Palmer died 13/9/1907 aged 45 years at Napier Downs Station, West Kimberley - buried at Napier Downs Station by DJ Ronan. Witnesses present at the burial were Hugh Temple and W Smith. Richard Palmer was a mail contractor, who died of ptomaine poisoning. Although the exact location of his grave is unknown, it is likely that he was buried close by the ruins of the original Napier Downs homestead, several kilometres north of it current location.
Ellen Moher, died 25/11/1885 aged about 34 years at Mt Anderson, Fitzroy River. The informant was Thomas H Lovegrove MRCSE, Government Resident and Coroner for the District of Kimberley, Derby. Wife of Thomas Moher (sheep farmer). Verdict of the jury at inquest was - "she died from the effects of shock consequent upon a beating at the hands of her husband, she being at that time in a weak state of health from a recent attack of fever, and that her weakness was increased by the wicked neglect of her husband to provide her with proper food and nourishment."
George Faulkner known as "Scotty", died 12/2/1905 at Myroodah Crossing, West Kimberley. J Lonton andMcPherson were at Liveringa Station on 12/2/1905 and reported the death by drowning of this man. Further reference: Journal and Proceedings of the RWAHS Vol 10, Part 1 (1989) - article "Liveringa Fable, Fact, Farce and Failure" by Jim Anderson.
Old Fossil Downs Homestead
Michael Barry died 5/10/1893 aged about 26 years on Fossil Downs Station. The informant was Thomas Holmes, Sergeant of Police, Derby. Barry was a staion hand, who supposedly died of influenza fever. Mick Barry was O'Brien's rider at local "picnic" Race meetings. He left town to go back to Messrs McDonald Bros station at the Fitzroy Crossing and two days after he arrived he succumbed. His death was deeply regretted in the district as he was a good friend and an honest man, and in these respects one would have to go a long way to find his equal;. Further ref: Nor'West Times - 21.10.1893. In June 2015, with the guidence of Mrs Annette Henswood (nee McDonald) a plaque for Mick Barry was installed on a boab tree at the old Fossil Downs homestead site.
Joseph Daroo died 1/6/1910 aged about 25 years on Fossil Downs Station in the Halls creek district - buried on Fossil Downs Station by G Nicholson. Witnesses present at the burial were Edward Delaney and J Campbell. Daroo was a stockman, who died of malarial fever. Born in Tabaralgah Beaudesert, Brisbane, Queensland - son of Edward Delaney (stockman). Author's Note: The surname difference between father and son cannot be explained. In June 2015, with the guidence of Mrs Annette Henswood (nee McDonald) a plaque for Joseph Daroo was installed on a boab tree at the old Fossil Downs homestead site.
John West, died 26/5/1923 aged 30 years on Fossil Downs Station, Halls Creek - buried on Fossil Downs Station by J Doyle and WR Bandy. Death certified in writing by FJ Kedell, cook, Fossil Downs Station. John West was a labourer who died of natural causes.
Maud Dunn died 31/10/1904 aged 1 years and 14 days at Fossil Downs Station - buried at Fossil Downs Station by Robert Bell and Ellen Bell. Death certified in writing by John Haukins, father, Fitzroy River. Maud Dunn was born 50 miles from Boulia, Queensland - the daughter of Florence Dunn and John Haukins (kangaroo hunter). Florence had two other daughters, both deceased. She also had a son, Ernest Dunn, who died on 2/3/1906 aged 5 weeks at Noonkanbah Station.
Munro Martin died 8/6/1916, age unknown on Fossil Downs Station - buried on Fossil Downs Station by FJ Keddell and Thomas Farrell. Death certified in writing by WC Burchell, Police Constable, Fitzroy Crossing.
Henry John (Curly) Salter died 27/3/1920 aged 26 years at Myroodah Crossing, Fitzroy River - buried on Myroodah Station by WH Briggs. Witnesses present at the burial were W Burt and C Oldfield. Death certified by John McClay, Police Constable, Derby. A Shearer, who accidentally drowned. He had lived in Western Australia for 20 years. Born in Bendigo, Victoria - the son of Alice (nee WILLIAMS) andWilliam Ellis Salter (labourer). At the age of 21 years he married in Perth toMary Baker FLETCH. They had one daughter Pearly aged 4 years. His grave at Myroodah Station is in the small cemetery which is fenced off, about 50 metres west of the office building. It is marked by a metal cross fastened to a star picket, bearing the wording punched in nail holes: "RIP CURLY SALTER"