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Marking lonely outback graves

The lonely graves of thousands are strewn across outback WA.

Most are long forgotten. Until now.

A group of volunteers called Outback Grave Markers are remembering these lost souls by finding graves and marking them with plaques.

In the process they are not only bringing dignity to these long-dead souls, but capturing their stories for posterity.

Bush Graves honoured by volunteer group

By Vanessa Mills on Breakfast

Bush Graves honoured by voluteer group

Scattered across Western Australia are thousands of graves.

Many of them have long been forgotten or neglected but they all have a story; some are tragic tales of sickness, murder and the unforgiving nature of life a century ago, others are courageous or inspiring.

Outback Grave Markers is a group of volunteers who travel to remote places to place an engraved plaque on the gravesite after researching its history.

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Volunteers leave their mark on lonely graves

Shannon Verhagen - Kalgoorlie Miner 10 April 2019

Volunteers leave their mark on lonely graves

Three piles of white rocks, which provide a stark contrast to the surrounding orange gravel, have been arranged to resemble crosses on an unmarked burial.

A message on a rusty drum provides the only information: buried there, just north of Kookynie, are a mother and her two children.

This is one of hundreds of unmarked burials in outback WA known as the lonely graves.

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Grave markers’ work available on website

Shannon Verhagen Kalgoorlie Miner

A not-for-profit group working to put names and stories to unmarked or “lonely” graves in the Goldfields have launched a new website dubbed a “brilliant research tool”.

The Outback Grave Markers have spent the past four years travelling across remote WA preserving the region’s history, placing plaques at more than 500 graves, including 100 in Leonora.

Their new website, launched at the weekend, will allow the public to access everything they have found — from photographs, to old news stories and birth and death records.

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