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Supplementary Material to Burra Cemetery Burials & other Burra district residents.

The information contained below was prepared by Ron Sisson





First Name

Other Name


Obit. Date

Obit. Number




17 Jan  1930

22 Jan 1930





5 Nov 1891

11 Nov 1891





7 Mar 1943

9 Mar 1943



Thomas Henry


7 Feb 1936

18 Feb 1936





22 Nov 1937

23 Nov 1937





May 1936

26 May 1936



William Francis


8 Nov 1936

17 Nov 1936



Richard Hamilton


15 Feb 1932

17 Feb 1932





26 Sep 1936

20 Oct 1936





18 Oct 1929

23 Oct 1929





18 Mar 1945

27 Mar 1945



Ernest William Senior


25 Aug 1929

28 Aug 1929



Ernest William Junior


14 Jun 1919

18 Jun 1919





21 Nov 1938

29 Nov 1938





21 Sep 1926

22 Sep 1926





16 Jun 1905

21 Jun 1905



W. Stanley


1 AUG 1943

10 Aug 1943





2 Jul 1911

5 Jul 1911





14 Sep 1926

22 Sep 1926





24 Jun 1933

28 Jun 1933





17 Oct 1907

23 Oct 1907






12.Apr 1905





25 Apr 1895

1 May 1895





25 Jul 1945

7 Aug 1945





16 Mar 1900

21 Mar 1900





1 May 1938

3 May 1938





13 Oct 1939

17 Oct 1939



Violet Alma

Nee ????nson

26 Nov 1947

20 Jan 1948



Walter Bendell


21 Jan 1947

4 Feb 1947



William Thomas


16 Nov 1914

18 Nov 1914



Richard John


12 Oct 1943

19 Oct 1943





16 Aug 1944

22 Aug 1944



Mary A.


27 Feb 1938

1 Mar 1938



Mary Jane


30 Oct 1927

5 Oct 1927



Frieda Elsie Dorothy


6 Oct 1943

19 Oct 1943





3 Feb 1952

5 Feb 1952





10 Jan 1941

14 Jan 1941





19 Nov 1917

6 Feb 1918





15 Oct 1943

19 Oct 1943



Maria Bridget


10 Jul 1929

17 Jul 1929






4 Sep 1907



Alfred John


2 May 1914

6 May 1914



John Mitchell


24 Dec 1908

6 Jan 1909





13 Sep 1905

20 Sep 1905



George Robert


15 Jun 1933

28 Jun 1933



Louisa Ethel


3 Sep 1931

9 Sep 1931



William Norrel


23 Feb 1939

28 Feb 1939



Thora Isabelle


6 Feb 1932

10 Feb 1932





18 Jun 1932

29 Jun 1932





8 Oct 1928

10 Oct 1928




Formerly SUGARS, nee KEMBLE

1 Oct 1928

10 Oct 1928



Fanny Elizabeth


21 Sep 1945

25 Sep 1945






22 Jan 1886



Philip Lander



13 Dec 1893



Philip Lander


14 Sep 1911

20 Sep 1911



Wilhelmina Matilda

Formerly FRAHM

8 Jan 1947

14 Jan 1947



Charles Frederick


20 Jan 1939

24 Jan 1939





19 Apr 1938

3 May 1938





20 Feb 1933

22 Feb 1933




Formerly BURT, nee WELLS


26 Jun 1935





13 Jun 1934

20 Jun 1934



Margaret Jane


19 Apr 1941

22 Apr 1941



Carl Adolph


30 May 1936

9 Jun 1936



Albert James

Also Africa Article

4 Feb 1928

4 Apr 1928   &  7 Mar 1928



Jean Mary


17 Apr 1937

20 Apr 1937



Keith M.


23 Feb 1942

10 Mar 1942





30 Aug 1945

4 Sep 1945



Robert James Martin


13 Oct 1921

19 Oct 1921





20 Feb 1944

29 Feb 1944



William James


3 Jun 1932

15 Jun 1932





16 Oct 1890

21 Oct 1890





11 Dec 1931

16 Dec 1931





29 Jan 1937

2 Feb 1937



Edwin Henry


20 Jun 1929

26 Jun 1929





4 Jul 1929

17 Jul 1929



Henry Robert


8 Jan 1929

16 Jan 1929



Sarah Ann


13 Nov 1937

23 Nov 1937



Alfred Andrew


30 Nov 1948

7 Dec 1912



Stuart Russell


7 Sep 1931

9 Sep 1931  &     16 Sep 1931





6 Jan 1899

11 Jan 1899





27 May 1897

2 Jun 1897



Auguste Pauline


18 Jul 1932

27 Jul 1932



Charles Frederick


23 Nov 1952

9 Dec 1952





25 Aug 1954

31 Aug 1954





13 Feb 1932

17 Feb 1932



Theresia Emily



11 Apr 1934



Mrs. Archie

Formerly STEWART, nee MOORE


5 Jan 1942





18 Jun 1933

28 Jun 1933





10 Jan 1937

12 Jan 1937





12 Oct 1951

13 Nov 1951





7 Oct 1912

9 Oct 1912





17 Sep 1926

22 Sep 1926



William Henry


6 Oct 1948

19 Oct 1948



Doris Adeline


14 Sep 1926

22 Sep 1926





16 Apr 1937

20 Apr 1937





14 Jun 1911

21 Jun 1911



John Chesters


12 Dec 1909

15 Dec 1909



W. Humphry


9 Nov 1942

17 Nov 1942





21 Jun 1935

26 Jun 1935





24 Dec 1936

19 Jan 1937



Henry G.


10 Nov 1936

17 Nov 1936



Mrs. Robert


Jan 1927

26 Jan 1927





23 Apr 1906

25 Apr 1906



William Robert


9 Jun 1935

10 Jul 1935





17 Jun 1942

23 Jun 1942





17 Mar 1945

27 Mar 1945





26 Apr 1932

4 May 1932





23 Aug 1935

3 Sep 1935



William James


23 Apr 1932

4 May 1932



Amelia Edith


16 Oct 1942

20 Oct 1942



King Harding


4 Oct 1928

10 Oct 1928



Mabel Jean (May)


30 Aug 1932

7 Sep 1932





19 Jun 1935

26 Jun 1935





7 Feb 1937

16 Feb 1937





15 Jul 1896

22 Jul 1896





29 Nov 1926

15 Dec 1926





28 May 1932

1 Jun 1932



Everard Earl


16 May 1945

29 May 1945



George W.


26 Mar 1937

20 Apr 1937



William John


14 Oct 1942

21 Oct 1942



1.             1934 – LIHOU, Agnes (nee Ferguson)

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 20 June 1934



Gradually our old and revered residents are passing away and the very sudden death of Mrs Agnes Lihou which occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs E. Bass, on Wednesday morning, June 13th, removed another link with the past. Her death came as a great shock to her family and friends. A week previously to the sad event the deceased lady had an attack of pleurisy but made a good recovery and in consequence of her illness she was staying with her daughter who lived very close to her mother. On Tuesday evening last Mrs Lihou was in unusually bright spirits and in fact did not retire to rest until nearly 10 p.m. that night. At 4 a.m. next morning Mrs Bass heard her mother moving and on going in to her saw at once that the was seriously ill and phoned for medical aid but despite this she passed away within a half an hour. The late Mrs Lihou who was in her 80th year was born at sea during the voyage of her parents, Mr and Mrs Ferguson, from Scotland to Australia, somewhere in the vicinity of the Cape of Good Hope. The family landed first at Brisbane, Queensland, but the main portion of her early life was spent in Victoria, where on July 28th, 1873, she married Mr Henry Thomas Lihou. In 1882 the couple and their little family came to South Australia coming direct to Burra where they spent the rest of their lives. Mrs Lihou was essentially a home lover and her home claimed her full attention. Later when her family all married she found equally as much to interest her in her grandchildren and right up to the time of her death took a pleasure in sewing or mending for them and also took a very keen interest in the sports they indulged in, consequently her sudden removal has created a blank in their lives. Mr Lihou predeceased his wife many years ago. Of a family of nine, seven children survive, five daughters, Mesdames J. McVicars, Victoria; George Lawn, Adelaide; E. Bass, Kooringa; E. Wohling, Kooringa and F. Symons, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Two sons, Messrs Thomas and Lionel Lihou of Olary, 20 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Thursday afternoon when the service was conducted by the Rev. G. C. Hutchinson. A number of beautiful wreaths covered the coffin which was borne by Messrs Leslie Harris, H. Hill, S. Kellaway, C. W. Pearce, B. Sugars, and E. Kemble. Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son carried out the funeral arrangements.


1947 – KLAFFUS, Wilhelmina Matilda (formery Frahm) nee Seelander   


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 14 January 1947


Mrs W. M. Klaffus-Burra's Centenarian Passes (nee Seelander?)

Mrs Wilhelmina Matilda Klaffus of Burra, who attained the great age of 100 years, four and a half months, passed away at the Burra Hospital during the early hours of Wednesday morning last week.   The late Mrs. Klaffus was born at Hahndorf, South Australia, on 27th August. 1846, and was the daughter of a school teacher. From that centre she married the late Carl Frahm and the couple resided at Light's Pass, near Tanunda. There were eight children from this marriage, one of whom survives her in the person of Mr. Oscar Frahm, of Gilles Plains. Her first husband died during November of the year 1886 and in 1889 the late Mrs Klaffus married Mr Charles Klaffus. The couple moved to Worlds End and resided there for about five years, following the occupation of farming. During this period Mrs Klaffus showed how enduring the old pioneers of this country were. She assisted her husband about the farm and to clear the land. She cut wood and loaded the waggons. Mr and Mrs Klaffus were amongst the first settlers to take up land in the World's End district. There was one child of the marriage, a son, Walter who at present lives in Earlwood, N.S.W. Fifty-two years ago she came to reside in Burra and over a period of years was employed by many of the well-known families in this town with regard to domestic duties. Although she did not take an active interest in the social activities of Burra, she was keenly interested in the progress of the town. Mrs Klaffus was a strong adherent of the Lutheran Church and read her bible with regularity. Some time ago she was ordered to use glasses   but some years later she discarded these aids to her sight stating that she could see better without them. Until very recently she also did her own mending without glasses and retained her hearing until recently when she lost it. About four years ago she won the 'Brodie Chair' for being the oldest living mother of a son who had attended the 1914-18 War. Walter Klaffus was the son who gained her this distinction. During recent years each of her birthdays was celebrated with due ceremony, and when she reached the century-mark last August her birthday party was quite a big event. His Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Jennison) and members of the Burra Ministers' Fraternal were amongst the guests present and many congratulatory speeches were made. These birthday parties were enjoyed immensely by the old lady and as she had a keen sense of humour and a ready wit, the parties were quite jolly affairs. Last year the Prime Minister of Australia when visiting Burra took time off to visit Mrs Klaffus and she insisted that he occupy the Brodie Chair — a piece of furniture of which she was very proud. Until four years ago Mrs Klaffus was quite a well-known figure in the streets of Burra, as she used to do her own shopping, then the walk down the street became too much of an effort and she remain ed in her own house and yard. For 22 years she lived alone in Burra and during that time Mrs E. Wohling attended to her wants with regard to meals, etc. Mrs Woh ling paid regular daily visits to the old lady. On Saturday, 21st December Mrs Klaffus was quite fit and well considering her age. On Sunday 22nd December she fell over in her back yard and although she made light of the bruises she sustained, could not have been feel ing too well because she sent for Mrs Wohling. The Doctor was called and Mrs Klaffus was taken to the Burra Hospital where she died. The funeral took place at Burra on Thursday when Rev. Barrett officiated at the graveside and Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son car ried out the funeral arrangements Bearers were Messrs Dave and Al bert Morrison, Bert Sugars and E. Morrison.


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 10 October 1928


3.             1928 KELLAWAY, Thomas


Mr. Thomas Kellaway a highly esteemed resident of Kooringa, passed away at the Burra Hospital on Monday, October 8th, after a long illness. He was a native of Burra and born in the home where he himself was living prior to his last illness. He   was the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Kellaway, Kooringa, pioneers of Burra. Born on March 29th, 1858, Mr. Kellaway has lived the whole of his life here and all told only spent one month of his life out side Burra. After leaving school he worked for seven years with Messrs W. Henderson and Statton, blacksmiths, and after that took up tribute work in the Burra Mine or until fail ing health compelled him to retire. He has left a beautiful and valuable collection of polished malachite, nearly all his own cutting and work. In his early manhood he was fond of and participated in sports and his family of sons to-day are well known on the cricket, football and tennis arenas. Fond of music he was for 20 years associated with brass bands in Burra (now extinct) and was one of their most enthusiastic members. He was also an ardent worker in the Oddfellows Lodge and for some time was President of the Juvenile Branch. For over 30 years his health has been indifferent but later in life even when suffering intensely has borne his long weakness and illness with exemplary patience and fortitude. He married Miss Elenor Reynolds of Kooringa, who predeceased him six years ago. A family of six sons survive : Messrs Tom, William, Jack, Stanley, Leslie Kellaway of Burra and Mr. Reginald Kellaway of Yongala. There are 19 grandchildren. Two of his sons Pte. Jack and Sergt. Les Kellaway, M.M. with bar, saw service right through the Great War. The fune ral took place on Tuesday afternoon, when there was a large and representative attendance, including many of the Lodge brethren. The pallbearers were members of the Oddfellows lodge and the Lodge service read by Bro. W. J. Woollacott, and the church service by the Rev. E. Lawson. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.

4.             1928 – KELLOCK, Adeline (formerly Sugars) nee Kemble


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 10 October 1928

Mrs. John Kellock a late resident of Burra and Douglas, passed away at her daughter's (Mrs. Mudge) residence, Baroota, on Wednesday, October 1st, at the age of 79 years and 10 months. Mrs. Kellock went there some months ago from Burra on a holiday and was taken ill and confined to her bed for six months. Her husband predeceased her some years ago. The family who survive comprise two daughters, and three sons. The latter reside in Burra, namely, Mr. Bert Sugars, the only surviving son of a former marriage and Messrs John and A. L. Kellock. The funeral took place at Kooringa and the service conducted by Rev. E. Lawson and funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.

5.             1928 – TIVER, King Harding


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 10 October 1928

Sincere sympathy was felt last week for Mr. and Mrs. Lance Tiver, of Redruth, in the death of their little son, King Harding. After putting up a brave tight the little fellow succumbed to an attack of pneumonia on Thursday last.


6.             1938 - HARRIS, Mary A., nee WALKER

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 1 March 1938



Mrs William Harris.

Gradually, links with the past are being broken and the death of Mrs W. Harris which occurred at her residence, Bridge St., Kooringa, on Sunday evening, removed a most esteemed townswoman. The deceased lady was born at Kooringa, February 21st, 1860, in the residence (still in good repair) at the corner of Bridge St. and Welsh Place, not far from her present home. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Henry John Walker, her father was a Londoner and her mother came from Cornwall, both being fine types of the early settlers. The late Mrs Harris spent the whole of her life in Burra. She was married to Mr William Harris on February 9th, 1884, by the Rev. James Pearce Bible Christian minister, as from her infancy she had been closely identified with that church and Sunday School. After Methodist Union Mrs Harris cheerfully threw her lot in with what was to her a new church and continued what can only be de- scribed as a life of service to her church. Her religious life was practiced never preached, and although a mother of a large family no call in sickness, sorrow or need was passed unheeded in fact her quiet, sweet   unobtrusive ministrations in sickness or sorrow will long be remembered by neighbours and friends. Naturally as age came slowly on she had to relinquish her life of service but at- tended her church regularly until failing health made that impossible. She was also a most active worker in the Methodist ladies' Guild. During the Great War in which one of two sons, Horace, who served over seas, gave his life, she was one of   the foremost workers in the local Red Cross Circle and carried a hand machine from her home to the Cheer-Up room every week. Although failing health has been her lot for some time her suffering was borne with the fortitude and brightness which characterised her whole life.       On Monday, February 21st, she   was sufficiently strong to enjoy the celebrations in honour of her seventy eighth birthday, with her family and with her only surviving brother, Mr James T. Walker, of Prospect, who with his wife came to Burra to celebrate the event, it was also the anniversary of Mrs Walker's birth. Saturday there was a marked change in her condition and she passed peace- fully away the following day. She had a family of ten children, seven of whom survive, Mr Orville Harris, of Broken Hill, Leslie, Kooringa, Misses Gwen Harris, Jamestown; Ida Harris, Richard and the Misses Rene and Ella Harris, all of Kooringa, also one grandson, one grandaughter and a great-grand-son. The funeral took place this morning when the Rev. J. P. H. Tillbrook M.A., officiated.   The casket was borne by Messrs S.   Kellaway, B. Sugars, A. Bown, S. H. Robinson, W. Woodman and G. Ter- ry.     Many beautiful floral tributes were received. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.  

7.             1933 – HUTCHINS, George Robert

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 28 June 1933



Mr. Geo. Robert Hutchins who died   at Aberdeen recently was born at Ramsgate (England) on March 3rd, 1852. He arrived in Australia, June 25th, 1855, in the ship 'Thymouth Castle.' Educated in Adelaide he afterwards learnt the trade of plas tering but on account of bad times was obliged to take up other work. Preferring an out-door life he decid ed on farm work and settled at Balaklava, this was before there was any town there. He later returned to Adelaide and afterwards married Eliza Mary Camplin in the year 1878, and lived in Norwood. In the year 1882 they left for Wilmington and worked in that part of S.A. there until 1886. That year his wife died. Shortly afterwards the rush to Teetulpa gold-field broke out and he went there. After this he took up station work and for many years was in the employ of the late Mr. A. Tennant around Pt. Augusta district. Mr. Hutchins also worked for Sir Sidney Kidman and in the intervening years travelled extensively in the various States. The prospecting fever then took him and he went to the White Cliff opal fields. From thence he went to Yardea station and worked there for 26 years, but when Messrs A. J. and P. A. McBride sold Yardea he left this station and carried on with the same firm at Braemar east of Burra. In the latter part of 1932 he went to Adelaide on holiday where he was taken ill and was in the Memorial Hospital for some weeks. After leaving the institution it was his wish to come back to Burra where he died on June 15th at his grand-daughter's (Mrs. Les. White) residence, Aberdeen, after an illness of three months at the age of 81. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. A. T. Brandon, Booborowie, one son, Mr. E. J. Hutchins, Wilmington, and one sister, Mrs. E. S. Hill, Wilmington; 18 grand-children; four great grand children.

8.             1933 – PRYDE, Robert

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 28 June 1933

The death of Mr. Robert Pryde which occurred at the Burra Hospital on June 18th, removed a well-known and highly esteemed resident of Booborowie. Born at Gum Creek in 1885 he was the fourth son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Pryde and therefore spent his life within the prescincts of the district between Gum Creek and Booborowie. His interests lay in the land and he therefore had little time for public duties but having an interest in young folk and realising the value of education he was an earnest member of the Ayers School Committee. In 1919 he married Miss Selina Work, youngest daughter of   the late Mr. and Mrs. T. Work of Booborowie, and later of Aberdeen, who with her two young daughters are left to mourn their great loss. Mr Pryde was first taken ill in March and although he put up a brave fight for life he succumbed to the malady which had overtaken him. Messrs W. J. and D. Pryde of Spalding, and George Pryde of Booborowie, are brothers, and Mrs R. Nourse, Copper house, and Mrs. Jas. Doyle, of Mt Bryan East, are sisters of the deceased gentleman.

9.             1933 – FORD, Elizabeth nee GOULD

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 28 June 1933

Mrs. Frank H. Ford who died at Gawler with such painful suddenness at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning last after a few hours illness was well known in Burra and district. Born at Gum Creek near Burra on the 2nd, June, 1866, she was the second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gould of that place. She lived in that district prior to her marriage and was for many years in the employ of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Treloar who were then in charge of the Gum Creek station. After they resided for a time at Burra and then went to Diprose's about three miles east of Burra where they lived for many years. After Mr. Ford's death for awhile Mrs. Ford resided in Kooringa but for some years past has acted as housekeeper for Mr. John Reed at Gawler. Her death came as a tre mendous blow to her family and relatives as only a few hours before she passed away she was her usual genial and bright self. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Sunday afternoon from the residence of Miss A. Ford, Chapel Street, Kooringa, when the large attendance was eloquent of the great respect in which the deceased lady was held. Thanks to the kindness of the Gawler police the distant members of the family were got in touch by wireless and were present at the funeral. She leaves & family of six sons and three daughters, namely Messrs Norman H. Ford, "Diprose's" near Burra; William, Wilgena station; Gilbert, Adelaide; Robert, Mongolata; Joseph, Wilgena station, and Alec Ford, Basin Farm near Burra; Misses Myra Ford, Gawler; Eva Ford, Kooringa, and Ivy Ford, Plympton. There are 12 grandchildren. Mrs. W. P. Collins of Gum Creek, and Mrs. Salter of Hanson, are sisters. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. G. C. Hutchinson and the bearers were Messrs Arthur Biggs, John Parker, E. J. Harris, W. March, J. Kellock and B. Sugars.

10.           1933 – PEARSE, T.H.

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 28 June 1933

Death of Mr. T. H. Pearse, Well-Known Pastoralist.    

We regret to announce that Mr.   Thos. H. Pearse the well-known pas toralist, passed away at "The Gums" station on Monday evening after a long illness at the age of 76 years. The funeral will take place at Kooringa this afternoon. A full biographical notice will appear in our next issue.    

11.           1932 – THOMAS, William James

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 4 May 1932



During the past ten days three of Burra district's grand old pioneers have passed away and strange to re late all residents of Aberdeen and named Thomas. The combined ages of the three also totals 258 years.


Saturday, April 23rd, at his residence, Railway Terrace, Aberdeen, Mr. William Jones Thomas passed peacefully away after a comparative ly short illness in his 87th year. Born in Liscard, Cornwall, on October 26th, 1845, he spent his boyhood in the old country. In the year 1859 his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Thom as with their then family of four boys and three girls came to South Australia in the ship ''Stormcloud". As the father was engaged under contract to work on the Burra Mine for the English Copper Co. they came direct to Burra. Like scores of other early settlers here, their first home was a dug-out in the banks of the Burra Creek. The father was accidentally killed in 1857 and the family then removed to Copperhouse where the oldest son tried to fill his father's place. The subject of this sketch worked at the Burra Mine for 1/ per day just double what he received in Cornwall. Later his wages were raised to 3/ per day and it was with feelings of pride he took home his first week's wages to his mother. When the Burra Mine closed Mr. Thomas with his brothers took up bullock-driving and carting. Later on he purchased land in the Mount Bryan district where he made a home and carried on grazing and farming pursuits successfully. The property known as 'Hildrop' is still held by one of his sons, Mr. Edlie Thomas. The deceased gentlemen took a great interest in district affairs and for many years held a seat in the Mount Bryan District Council. He was also keenly interested in politics and never afraid to state his political views. He was also a great follower of football and cricket and a practical supporter of both games. A loyal and devoted Methodist he was first a member of the Mt. Bryan Methodist Church and on his retirement from active life in 1917 when he came to Aberdeen to reside, he immediately identified himself with the Redruth Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Rechabite Lodge for 63 years. Mr. Thomas was a man who could tell some very fine and stirring stories of the early days of Burra and as he had a humorous vein in his nature he was particularly interesting to listen to. Although in his 87th year the late Mr. Thomas not only enjoyed good health until a few weeks ago, but maintained a clear mentality to the last and his death has caused a blank in the home. Mr Thomas married Miss Joanna Thomas, a sister to the late Josiah Thomas, of 'Three Trees,' who predeceased him some years ago. A family of three sons survive, Mr. William Jones Thomas, of Aberdeen, Mr. Joseph Thomas of Willallo, and Mr E. Thomas, Mt. Bryan, and Miss M. A. Thomas of Aberdeen. There are nine grand children and two great grandchildren. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Sunday afternoon, 24th April when the service was conducted by the Rev. F. J. Barnes. There was a very large attendance of residents from Mt. Bryan and Burra, showing the high esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held.


12.           1932 – THOMAS, Mary, nee PINCH

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 4 May 1932


The death of Mrs. Josiah Thomas, which occurred at her residence on Tuesday last, April 26th, came as a great shock to her many friends. Although 82 years of age Mrs. Thomas had until a month ago appeared her usual happy, bright, vigor ous self and even though it was known she was seriously it was not generally known a fatal termination was anticipated. The deceased lady was a 'Burra girl,' a fact she was intensely proud of and claimed to be the first girl born at Redruth, Burra, the event taking place on January 11th, 1850. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. H. Pinch. Her father also   built the first house in Redruth as the family had been washed out of their dugout in a big flood her father decided to build a home. This occur red at the time of the Victorian gold rush when there were but few men about, consequently Mr. Pinch had to carry all the timber required up   the hill bn his back. Her father later took up land near Burra at 'Pencarrow,' where he grazed and farmed successfully and where his two only daughters, the late Mrs. E. N. Finch and Mrs. Thomas, evidently got a wonderfully practical training which stood them in great stead throughout their lives. On Febru ary 15th, 1869, Miss Pinch (Mary) married Mr. Josiah Thomas. The wedding was celebrated in the old Church of England, Kooringa (since demolished) and where the home of Mr. G. H. Dow now stands. The Rev. Lionel Stanton officiated. The couple went to 'Three Trees' a property Mr. Thomas acquired on the death of his father and where the happy pair lived for just over 60 years and Mrs. Thomas held until her death. Shortly after celebrating their diamond wedding in 1929 Mr. Thomas died and Mrs. Thomas came to Aberdeen to reside. Although frail in appearance Mrs. Thomas was a worker and one who believed in a life of service. Her energy was un tiring, she was a most enthusiastic member of the local branch of the Women's Liberal Federation, the Country Women's Association, the W.C.T.U. and a great supporter and member of the Redruth Methodist Church. She was, also a "silent worker" and many to-day can speak of kindly generous help carried out in a most unobtrusive fashion and to a genuine case of distress she never turned a deaf ear. Her hospitality was unbounded. Gifted with wonderful business ability her foresight and calmness and tactfulness in times of difficulty proved a great help to those closely connected with her and to other folk outside and not connected with her family. Of a family of four, only one daughter (Maud) Mrs C. Wesley Gare, of Kooringa, survives. The late Mr. H. H. Thomas of 'The Pines,' who died in 1919, was her only son. There are nine grandchildren, besides several grand children. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Wednesday, April 27th, and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends and a number of very beautiful floral tributes received. The service was conducted by the Rev. F. J. Barnes, of Redruth.

13.           1932 – THOMAS, Mary, nee

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 4 May 1932


Another fine old type of pioneer, Mrs. Mary Thomas, relict of the late Mr. W. J. Thomas, of Leighton, passed away at her home, Cooper Street,. Aberdeen, on Monday, May 2nd, in her 90th year. The deceased lady was not related to the late W. J. Thomas or Mrs. Josiah Thomas. A full obituary notice will appear in our next issue.

14.           1926 – FLOWER, Joseph

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 22 September 1926



The death of Mr. Joseph Flower, which occurred on September 13th, re moves one of the earliest pioneers of Burra district and also of the State. Born at Timbsbury, Somersetshire,   England, on March 4th, 1842, he left England with his parents in October of 1853 in the ship "David Malcolm," and landed at Port Adelaide in January, 1854. He first worked for Mr.   Joseph Johnson at the Reedbeds, remaining there for three years. Left there and went shepherding at Gaw ler for a while. Then started bullocking and carting on the roads, work ing for Dr. Brown, of Buckland Park, until about March, 1859, when the family removed to Stony Gap, where his father had taken up land. They got a bad start, as the year was a very bad one, and not sufficient rain fell to make the grass grow, and for the whole year stock had to be fed on sheoak, etc., causing much sickness amongst them. (Another old resident, Mr. M. Quinn, of Waterloo, informed us recently that about that year he drove a wagon and team over Porter's Lagoon, which was then dry on account of the terrible drought.) As so many of the stock were dying he took his swag, and his mother gave him a pound note and he struck out for himself. His first job was fencing at Canowie, 2,000 posts at 2d. a post and hole, posts to be stood in hole. He afterwards assisted on the station in all duties. Sheep then had to be shepherded. Left Canowie in 1865, and went back to Stony Gap. The year 1866 was the worst season he ever experienced, as no rain fell until September of that year, and when it started it never ceased for a week, and by the end of Otcober, with other showers, the feed was 2 to 3 ft. high. Mr. Flower saw many ups and downs during his later life as farmer and grazier, but through it all maintained an optimistic spirit that was characteristic of him right up to his death. He married in 1862, Miss Catherine Callis, and reared a family of five sons and six daughters. Their home at Stony Gap was noted for its hospitality, and particularly in connection with Methodism the name of Flower ranked high at the Gap. The home stead was alongside this little back country church (since demolished), and was always open to ministers and worshippers alike. He had a fine Christian spirit, and was never weary in well doing, and was assisted by his first wife and family in all his church work, and since his removal from the Gap had been a most regular attend ant at church until his last illness. For 16 years he sat as councillor in the Apoinga District Council. He was also a life-long member and good supporter of the Burra Agricultural Show Society ever since its inception, and only absent from one show. He enjoyed wonderful health, and until his seizure some weeks ago never needed medical attention, a wonderful record for a man in his 85th year. He leaves a family of four surviving sons — Mr. Jas. Flower, Braefoot, Burra; Mr. William Flower, Tambleup, Western Australia; Mr. Joseph Flower, Cano wie Belt; Mr. Frank Flower, Lower Light. Mr. John Flower died some years ago. Six daughters — Mrs. Geo. Parker, Leighton; S. Jeffery, Aberdeen; M. Jeffery, Porter's Lagoon; G. C. Heinrich, Sturt Vale Station; G. Cavanagh, Bright; J. Phillips, Waterloo; 48 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildern. The funeral took place at Kooringa on September 15th, when six of his grandsons carried him to his last resting place. The service was conducted by the Rev. H. Alvey and the funeral arrangements by Messrs. C. J. Pearce & Son. One sister Mrs E. Blessing of Laura, is   now the only member of the original family left.


15.           1926 – REISSEN, Doris Adeline

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Wednesday 22 September 1926

Deep sympathy was felt for Mr and Mrs C. H. Mann of Baldina, in the death of their eldest daughter, Miss Doris Adeline Riessen, which occurred at Baldina on the 14th of September, at the early age of 22 years. Miss Riessen who was born at Aberdeen, Burra, on June 4th, 1904, was the daughter of Mrs Mann by a former marriage, and was a young lady of striking personality and a most lovable disposition. About eighteen months ago whilst in a position in the city, she contracted pneumonia, then measles in a bad form and later bronchitis supervened. She never threw off the effects and for four months was in hospital in the city. Her parents then brought her to their Baldina home where it was hoped the purer atmosphere of the north would restore her health but despite every attention and care the tubercular trouble had got a hold and after a long illness borne with wonderful fortitude she passed away as stated. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Thursday afternoon and the large attendance testified to the popularity of the deceased young lady. The service was conducted by the Rev. B. H. Lee and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C J. Pearce and Son.    


16.           1926 – QUINN, Michael

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Wednesday 22 September 1926

The funeral took place here on Sunday last of Mr Michael Quinn, who for a long time resided at Worlds End, but of late years has been living at Waterloo. The de ceased gentleman who was 76 years of age, was an old colonist and very highly respected. The service was conducted at the grave by the Rev. Father W. H. Nesdale of Kooringa

17.           1926 – DOWER, Francis

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Wednesday 22 September 1926

With deep regret we learn as we go to press of the sudden death of Frank the youngest son of Mr Patrick Dower and the late Mrs Dower, of Kooringa. Frank who was a bright happy lad was only ten years of age and the deepest sympathy is felt for his father and the family in their great sorrow.


18.           1937 – WILLMOTT, George W.

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Tuesday 20 April 1937



Mr George W. Willmott, who pass ed away at the Burra Hospital on   Friday, 26th March, was the eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs Geo. Willmott. He was born at Mintaro in 1865 and from early boyhood he assisted his father in farming. The family later came to Ironmine, near Burra, where Mr Willmott farmed for Mr Hastie. Whilst living there he married Miss Agnes E. Moore second daughter of the late Mr and Mrs E. A. Moore, of Kooringa. After their marriage the couple went to Arkaba where they took up sheep farming. From that place they went to Yatina, and went in for farming. They later moved, to Oodlawirra and from thence to Pinnaroo, finally settling at Peterborough. His health failing, Mr Willmott was obliged to give up farming and retire. Eight months ago Mr and Mrs Willmott came to Kooringa to reside. Although in ill-health his illness did not take a serious turn until a few weeks prior to his death.  A widow survives. There is no family. Always a consistent member of the Salvation Army, at the funeral which took place at Kooringa, Captain Creswell of the local Corps conducted the service assisted by the Rev J. P. H. Tilbrook. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


19.           1937 – RIGGS, Elizabeth, nee SMITH

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Tuesday 20 April 1937

The death of Mrs John A. Riggs, which- occurred at her residence, 'Hughendon' on Friday evening last in her eighty-fifth year, breaks another link in the chain of early pioneers. The deceased lady was born at Houghton, South Australia, on December 26th 1852, and was a daughter of two of South Australia's early colonists Mr and Mrs Benjamin Smith, who resided in that district. At the age of 23, she was married at Gawier to Mr John Andrew Riggs by the Rev. Samuel Knight. At that time Mr Riggs was managing Murkaby station, east of Burra, for his brother, Mr Henry Riggs of Gawler. In 1880, Mr Riggs took up land at Mullaby near Burra, where they resided for many years. In 1891, Mr Riggs was granted a portion of Murkaby and also country further out, Lord's Well and Bazentin stations, now held by some of the sons, and the family removed to Kooringa, where they made a permanent home. Mrs Riggs, although 13 years younger than her husband, during her residence 'outback' revealed those true qualities possessed by many of the pioneer women of Australia in fighting with her husband so successfully the elusive conditions of drought and plenty, of that well known country. Mrs Riggs was a marvellous type of woman and maintained her bodily vigour until her eightieth year and her mentality until her death. She did not believe in growing old which characteristic was the dominant note of her life. Her sympathies were wide and her interests in all matters equally so. As a member of the Kooringa Methodist Church, her passing will create a blank. In health she was a regular attendant and always a liberal supporter in fact with regard to the latter no benevolent or needy call ever met with a refusal. Until within the last two years her health was good, but age at last began to affect her strength but did not quench her indomitable spirit and unfailing bright nature. Her weakness was borne with fortitude and her quiet unexpected passing was just what she would have wished. Her husband   predeceased her on 4th July, 1922,   after 48 years of happy married life.

Two sons also predeceased their mother, Elliott, late A.I.F. died on active service and another, Mr Eddie Riggs, died in 1920. She has left behind a very fine memory to her large and splendid family of five surviving sons and four daughters, namely Messrs J. Arthur Riggs, of Kooringa, Alfred B. Riggs, Murkaby station and Aberdeen, Herbert and Vernon of Bazentin and Lord's Well stations, and Frank of Meadows South. Four daughters, Mrs Frank J. Pearce of Payneham; Mrs Edgar Pearce and Mrs Arthur Kellock, both of Kooringa, and Mrs John Venn of Perth, W.A. There are 18 grand children and two great grandchildren The funeral took place at Kooringa on Sunday afternoon, the very large attendance marked the high esteem in which the deceased lady and her family are held. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. F. H. Tilbrook, and her five sons with a nephew, Mr Albert Riggs of Gawler, carried the flower laden casket to its last resting place. Many very beautiful wreaths covered the hearse and a special car was necessary to take the remainder.


20.           1937 – McBRIDE, Jean Mary (Molly)

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Tuesday 20 April 1937

A wave of sympathy for the bereaved relatives passed over the town on Saturday morning, when the death of Jean Mary (Molly) elder daughter of Mr and Mrs R. J. (Robin) Mc Bride, of Aberdeen, was announced. Molly who would have reached her fifteenth year on 11th May next, was taken ill whilst at Girton Proprietary School, Adelaide, where she was a pupil. She was later brought home to Aberdeen, where her illness assumed such a serious turn that despite the best medical and nursing skill procurable, she passed away on Friday evening last. Molly who was born at Burra, was educated first at the local Church of England Day School and last year went to Girton to complete her studies. She had a remarkably sweet and sympathetic disposition and was a great favourite with all who knew her. At the funeral which took place at Kooringa on Sunday, was seen one of the longest corteges that has passed through the town. The Rev. D. L. Redding conducted the services at the home and at the grave side. The casket was carried by Messrs G. H. Dow, M. W. Bednall, Max Pearce end K. C. Sandland. The sides of the grave were a mass of beautiful flowers and the flower laden casket also rested on a bed of lovely blooms. Many other floral tributes were received by the bereaved parents.

21.           1936 – LOTT, Carl Adolph

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Tuesday 9 June 1936



The death of Mr C. Adolph Lott which occurred at his- residence, Paxton Terrace, Kooringa, on the 30th May, removed one of our oldest Burra born 'boys' and one of the town's most loyal citizens. The only son of the late Mr and Mrs Adolph Lott, he was born on December 20th, 1860, at Welsh Place, Kooringa, in the old home, still standing in good repair, almost opposite the Kooringa Hotel. He was educated at Dr Stephens' and Mr F. W. Holder's (later Sir Frederick Holder) schools. On leaving he went to work with his father who was a cabinet maker in the premises now occupied by Mr A. Lomman, later he went to Clare where he entered the employ of Mr Pethick, builder. Returning again to Burra he was employed for a time with Mr H. Bruse, carpenter and cabinet maker, and afterwards with the old firm of Messrs Sara & Dunstan, of Aberdeen. In the early days of Silverton and Broken Hill Mr Lott went to the former place where he opened up a business for the latter firm. In later years he went into business on his own as a carpenter and builder which he carried on until his health compelled him to retire about six years ago. As a townsman he was a useful citizen and his interests were many. He was a member of the Burra Town Council and carried out his duties as Councillor thoroughly. Sport of all kind appealed to him particularly football, cricket and athletic sports and his name on any committee always meant practical interest and assistance. His fine personality, strength and integrity won for him the respect of the whole community and the fine gesture of the Kooringa club at Booborowie recently showed that his past interest in sport is still remembered by the members of that club. He was also one of the oldest members of the Foresters' Lodge if not the oldest and a member of the Kooringa Lodge, and possibly the oldest subscriber to the Burra Institute. He married on the 10th June, 1886 Miss (Nurse) Amelia Hodges, whose home was in Perth, W.A., but who at that time was on the nursing staff of the old Burra Hospital. Her father a fine type of British Officer, served in the Crimean War and nearly reached the four score and ten limit before he passed away. Had the late Mr Lott survived until Thursday of this week an event which his wife and family were anticipating, they would have celebrated their golden wedding. Since his accident five years ago when he had the misfortune to break his leg badly, he was never the same and his health gradually failed and for a long period he was a great sufferer. His widow and a grown up family survive, namely, Mr Adolph Lott, (late Major Lott A.I.F.) headmaster of Renmark public school ; Mr Cliff Lott, of Kooringa; Mrs L. S. Penrose, of Kooringa; Sister Clara Lott, Adelaide and Mrs Dan Murdoch, of Crystal Brook. There are 12 grandchildren.


22.           1929 – HOGAN, Maria Bridget, nee

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Wednesday 17 July 1929 



Quite a gloom passed over the Leighton and Booborowie districts on Thursday morning last when it be came known that Mrs. Frank Hogan had passed away at her residence, Leighton, with painful suddenness at 11 p.m. the evening before. Mrs. Hogan the previous day was in her usual health and spirits and in fact spent a happy evening with her husband and sons. After retiring she complained of a pain which she thought to be indigestion and a few minutes later whilst her husband went out to get something to relieve her, she quickly passed away. Heart trouble being the cause of death. The deceased lady who was greatly esteemed for her kind and sympathetic nature, was of a fine personality and always made her home a welcome place for a very large circle of friends and deep sympathy is felt for her husband and family in their great sorrow. Born at Mallala 64 years ago, she was 20 years of age when she came to Leighton to reside and remained in the district until her death. She leaves a widower, three sons and one daughter, Messrs J. and W. Hogan, Leighton ; James Hogan, Booborowie and Mrs. Greenfield, Farrell's Flat, and seven grandchildren. Messrs P. J. and T. Farrelly of Booborowie are brothers, Mesdames E. Hogan and J. Robinson, sisters and Mrs. T. G. Tohl a sister- in-law. The attendance at the funeral which took place at Kooringa on Friday afternoon, testified to the great respect and sympathy felt for the bereaved. The service at the graveside was conducted by Rev. Fathers Fallon (Spalding) and Cullinan, Kooringa. The remains were carried to their last resting place by her three sons and her three nephews, Messrs C. Farrelly, T. Farrelly and F. Hogan. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.


23.           1929 – MORRISON, Murdoch

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Wednesday 17 July 1929 

Mr. Murdoch Morrison, who passed away at his residence, Kooringa, on July 4th, was a resident of Burra and district for 73 years. Born at Inverness, Scotland, in 1844, he left with his parents for South Australia, when about eleven years of age, sailing in the ship 'Royal Albert.' Four months later they arrived at Pt. Adelaide and for one year lived in Adelaide. The family then moved to World's End where his father was engaged looking after sheep. At this time the country was not fenced and many aboriginals resided in the locality. From World's End Mr. Morrison came to Burra and worked when a lad for several business people. He later worked in the Burra Mine as a horse-driver for several years. From the Mine he went to work for the late Mr. William Barker, at Baldina station, the grandfather of the present owner, where he remained for 18 years. While in Mr. Barker's employ he had many varied experiences with the natives who were numerous out there. At one time a tribe of northern natives came down and camped in the vicinity of Chalk Cliffs and held a corroboree. They invited Mr. Barker and Mr. Morri son to come along which they did and thoroughly enjoyed the sight. The blacks started throwing spears at one another and some of the natives came across to them and said 'White fella better go home.' They found out afterwards that this particular tribe were on their way to fight the Mur ray natives. The battle never came off as the police got wind of the affair and stopped it. Mr. Morrison always got on well with the natives as if treated with firmness as well as kindness he found them fairly tractable. After leaving Baldina station he with his brother, Norman, bought Westbury Farm, just behind the Flagstaff Hill, and farmed there for a number of years. It was while, resident there he lost his first wife and eldest son Donald who were accidentally drowned. They later sold the farm to the late Mr. W. H. Field and Mr. Morrison bought a place at Booborowie and farmed there for some years. In 1895 he came to Burra where he remained until his death. Other than his vocation Mr. Morrison's only hobby was horses and he was at all times interested in racing, in fact, in his younger days trained and raced horses successfully in various picnic race meetings. Naturally his great age told on him in late years but previously his Scotch extraction was always to the fore, hard working, he was also a man of sterling integrity and greatly respected. His first wife was Miss Jane Lambert and of a family of four only one daughter, Christina, Mrs. H. Schultz, of Salisbury, survives. His second wife was Miss Emma Talbot, who survives, also three sons, Messrs Albert Morrison, Kooringa; Murdoch Morrison, Adelaide; David Morrison, Kooringa, and two daughters, Mrs. D. Turnbull, Mt Gambier; Mrs. W. Young, Kooringa, one son, William, predeceased his father. There are 13 grandchild ren. His two brothers, Messrs Norman and Donald are both dead and his sisters were the late Mrs. F. Gebhardt sen., late Mrs. D. Blair and Miss Mary Morrison.  


24.           1927 – HARRIS, Mary Jane, nee

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Wednesday 5 October 1927



The death of Mrs. M. J. Harris, which occurred at Aldgate on Monday removes another pioneer of Burra. Born at Camborne, Cornwall, in 1833, Mrs. Harris would have been 94 years of age on Christmas Day. When 18 years of age she married Mr Ambrose Harris, stone-dresser and builder. She came to Australia by the ship, "Sultana" in May, 1851, reaching Port Adelaide in August and resided at Bowden. During the Victorian gold- diggings boom Mr. Harris went to Forest Range and sent gold back to his wife under police escort. During the absence of her husband Mrs. Harris came to the city and lived in a room in Rundle street on the site   where Messrs John Martin and Co's. premises now stand. After his return Mr. Harris took a partner and erected Government buildings at Mt. Gambier, Robe and Narracoorte. In 1856 they went to live at Burra and made the journey from Adelaide in a bullock dray. Mr. Harris supervised the building of the engine-house at the Burra mines. Mrs. Harris had a good knowledge of nursing and her

services were always at the disposal of the sick and afflicted. She was also a great worker for the cause of charity, and during the war her spare moments were devoted to doing all   she could for the soldiers. Mr. Harris died in 1901, and Mrs. Harris had since, resided with her youngest daughter. She leaves four daughters — Mesdames J. A. Watt (Ald- gate), R. Horace Steele (Toorak Gardens), Charles Parks (Burra), and John Greenwood (Aldgate), and one  son — Mr. B. G. Harris (Western Australia). There are 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. The funeral at which her four daughters, sons-in-law (3), and several grand- children were present, took place at Kooringa on Tuesday midday. The Rev. R. H. Lee conducted the service and Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son. the funeral arrangements.

25.           1932 – PIGGOTT, Jean

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Wednesday 17 February 1932



Great Sympathy was manifested towards Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Piggott of Porter's Lagoon this week end in the death of their daughter, Jean, which occurred at the Burra hospital on Saturday, February 13th, at 6.30 p.m., after a few weeks illness, the cause of death being tubercular meningitis. The sympathy for the family is the keener owing to the fact that this is the second daughter Mr. and Mrs. Piggott have lost in less than two years, as their eldest daughter, Mabel, after a short illness passed away at the age of 25 years on April 10th, 1930. Jean who was 18 years and four months was the fourth daughter and was born at Kooringa in October of 1913. In the district surrounding her home she was in   tensely popular and her death which is a great blow to her family will also be keenly felt by a large circle of friends. At the funeral which took place at Kooringa on Sunday after noon the respect and sympathy felt for the bereaved family was shown by the large attendance of friends who were present from Farrell's Flat, Porter's' Lagoon, Black Springs, Han son, Burra,, in fact, from all parts of the district, it being the largest funeral seen here for many years. The cortege which left the hospital at 3.30 p.m. was nearly & mile in length, over 60 cars following the hearse. The service at the grave was con ducted by the Rev. G. R. Parrott of Saddleworth, assisted by the Rev.   H. S. Jarvis, of Kooringa. The former in a few brief words referred to the life of the deceased young lady and her life-long association with her church and Sunday school. Speaking of her personality the rev. gentle man said the beauty of her face and her lovable disposition was the reflection of the greater beauty of her inward life. Reference was also made to her patience in suffering and the great fight she had made against the illness which had overtaken her just as she was entering upon her young womanhood and as they thought a further life of service. In expressing the sympathy felt for the bereaved parents and family, the Rev. Parrot referred to their home life, the very high esteem in which the Piggott family are held right through the district. Many beautiful floral emblems were placed on the casket and a number later placed upon the grave by friends who had come from a distance. The bearers   were Messrs EL E. Atkins,

26.           1932 – BRUCE, Richard Hamilton

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Wednesday 17 February 1932

Death of a Nonenagerian.  

The death of Mr. Richard Hamilton Bruce which occurred at his residence, Thames Street, Kooringa, on Monday the 15th of February, re moves another of South Australia's old colonists and incidentally a fine old Burra pioneer and a man of a type which is fast dying out. Had our venerable townsman lived until March 9th next he would have celebrated the 90th anniversary of his birth. Born at Northampton, Eng land, in -1842, the late Mr. Bruce was the only son of Scottish parents. With his parents he came out to Tasmania in 1847. They later went to Sydney for a short period and then came to South Australia in the early fifties, Adelaide then being only a little bush town. The family some few years afterwards went to the Wakefield district where until his father's death they were engaged in carting to and from the Burra Mine. He later was one of the teamsters for the Wallaroo and Moonta Copper Co. Coming to this district Mr. Bruce was engaged in carting for the old Booborowie station for seven years. On leaving Booborowie he went to the Light district where he farmed for awhile. Returning to this district he settled for a short period at the Flagstaff and from thence moved to World's End district where he took up land and engaged in farming until 1923 when he retired and came to Kooringa to reside. Whilst resident at World's End Mr. Bruce was a prominent worker in the Methodist Church there and so great was his zeal that he frequently walked, from his home at World's End to conduct services at Baldina church (since demolished) a distance of eight miles. His hearing and age prevented him taking an active part at Kooringa. Until quite recently however Mr. Bruce maintained his good spirits, his mentality and a fairly good measure of health until some weeks ago when his health began to fail rapidly until finally this fine old veteran after a severe illness passed peacefully away as before mentioned. He was thrice married. His third wife who survives was Miss Hannah Prior of World's End, whom he married on July 9th, 1881. The Couple celebrated their golden wedding last year. A family of nine children survive. Mrs.Turley of Broken Hill, is the only child of his first marriage. There were no children by the second. The present family comprise : — Mrs. J. Byles (Hannah), Morgan; Mrs. P. Marks (Ethel), Meningie, S.A.; Mrs. S. Rawlings (Elaine), Broken Hill; Mrs. A. Hunt (Elisabeth), Pt. Pirie. Four sons, Messrs R. W. Bruce, Albert J. Bruce, Colin Bruce, of Burra, and Mr. Joe Bruce of Oulnina station, via Mannahill. There are 19 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Two sons, Messrs   Albert and Colin Bruce served during the great war. Albert was a prisoner of war in Germany for three years and Colin who won his stripes also gained the Military MedaL The funeral took place at Kooringa on Tuesday afternoon when the service was conducted by the Rev. H. S. Jarvis assisted by the Rev. E. Law son of Bute.

27.           1929 – MOTHERALL, Henry Robert

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Wednesday 16 January 1929



Mr. Henry Robert Motherall an esteemed resident of Burra and district, passed away at the Private Hospital, North Adelaide, on Janu ary 8th, after a few day's illness. Although for over four years past Mr. Motherall has been compelled to retire from active work owing to heart trouble his death came as a great shock to his family, relations and friends. A few weeks ago he left Kooringa for a holiday trip to the Semaphore where after a couple of weeks be had an unusually severe heart attack and on the advice of Dr. de Crespigny he was removed to North Adelaide Private Hospital where he finally succumbed. Born at Victor Harbor in 1868 he was the only son of Dr. and Mrs. W. Mother all of that place. His father died when he was only six years of age and the family then came to Burra to reside. His mother married again and his step father, Mr. Gibbons took up land in the Hundred of King now known as Thistlebeds. On the death of his stepfather he carried on the estate and married the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan of Baldina. They resided out there until 1900 when he purchased land at Hanson where he carried on grazing and farming pursuits, and on which his eldest son is now residing He also about that time purchased Postmark station on the borders of N.S.W. The family never resided at the latter place although Mr. Mother all himself with his sons spent some time there. He however disposed of this country some years ago. Whilst at Hanson although not taking a prominent part in district matters Mr. Motherall was keenly interested in the welfare of the district and in church matters. He was a devoted Methodist and on the family removing to Burra in 1923 he at once identified himself with the Kooringa Methodist Church where as an adherent, member and officer he carried out his duties in an earnest and thoroughly consistent manner and only when in ill health was he absent from religious services either on Sunday or the week night meetings and his presence as usher will be greatly missed. His eldest son, Robert, as a member of the 32nd Battalion, saw active service in the recent Great War. Besides the widow there is a family of four daughters, Mrs. J. R. White 'Wildotta' Ayers'; Mrs. H. L. Cullen. Kooringa; Mrs. W. Marshall, Aberdeen; and Miss Beryl Motherall of Kooringa; three sons, Mr. Robert Motherall, Hanson; and Messrs Edwin and Lance Motherall of Kooringa and six grandchildren. The Funeral look place from his late residence, Chapel Street, Kooringa. on Thursday afternoon last when there was a very large attendance of Hanson and Burra residents. Four of the oldest identities of Hanson, Messrs F. Treloar, J. H. Rogers, W. T. Dixon and E. Blunt were pall bearers. The service was conducted by the Rev. E. Lawson, who also read the I. O. Rechabite Lodge service of which the deceased gentleman had been a member for over 40 years. His favorite hymn and the last one sung by him, 'Nearer my God to Thee' was sung during the service at the graveside.

28.           1936 – BROWN, William Francis

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Tuesday 17 November 1936




William Francis Brown.

The death occurred at the Burra Hospital, on Monday, 8th November of William Francis Brown, eldest son of Mrs. and the late Mr G. Brown of Burra. Born on 11th February, 1888 at Leasingham, S.A., the family later came to Redruth to reside. When the Great War broke out in 1914 the deceased enlisted on September 30th, 1915, for active service and was attached to the 13th Field Battery Artillery until his discharge in 1919. He was one of five brothers, all of whom saw active service. For many years Mr Brown suffered severely from war disabilities and with regret we have to report that like many of his fellow diggers he received no recognition of his war service and although his health suffered on account of the war he was unable to obtain a war pension, though totally unable to work and the age old epitaph can therefore be well applied in this case-        

                'Greater love hath no man than   this, that he laid- down his life for his friends.'    

On October 31st he was admitted to the Burra Hospital suffering from pleurisy and pneumonia and passed away as above stated. In 1922 he married Miss Vera Dunning of James town who is left with six young children. The funeral took place at Kooringa on November 10th when the coffin, covered with the Union Jack was borne by six returned men namely Messrs D. Keynes, K. M. Drew, T. J. Canny, A. L. Bence, M. T. Fuller and F. Spencer. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Dyer and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce &: Son.  

We have been asked by Mrs W. F. Brown, widow of the above, to give a most emphatic denial to the rumour that she and her family are leaving Burra to reside in Jamestown. Mrs Brown has no intention of leaving.

29.           1936 – SCHUYLER, Henry G.

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 17 November 1936

Henry G. Schuyler. The death of Mr Henry G. Schuyler which occurred at the Burra Hospital on the 10th November in his eighty seventh year, removed one of the best known and highly esteemed residents of Burra and district. The deceased gentleman was also an old colonist as he was born at Encounter Bay in 1856, and his grandfather built the first church at that place. From Encounter Bay the family went to Melbourne to reside and on leaving school, Mr Schuyler was employed as shipping clerk on the Melbourne wharves for a number of years. Apparently an outdoor life appealed to him and giving up the position he took on droving then colt breaking on the Darling country and from thence onward his life was practically spent on sheep stations. Leaving the Darling he came in to the Boo borowie district and worked for Dr Browne, who then owned the vast Booborowie station. His duties here was colt breaking and he was also in charge of the rabbiting party. Leaving Booborowie he was next in the employ of the late Mr Joseph Ford of Diproses and later of the late Mr Henry Riggs of Murkaby station. He also worked for the late Mr Thomas Warnes, father of Mr I. J. Warnes, Mr J.B. Klem and the late J. M. McBride. Prior to his retirement he for many years was a valued servant in the employ of Messrs A. J. and P. A. McBride Ltd., and for a number of years managed their Braemar station. He later went to the firm's Lincoln Park station (Far North) It was at this station he met with a serious accident in which he sustained a broken leg, now some 12 years ago, the result of which compelled him to retire. He then came to Aberdeen to reside where until less than a year ago despite his bad   leg he was able to and insisted upon doing any jobs about the home, idle ness not being a characteristic of his, in fact last year when staying with his son at Mt. Bryan he shore a sheep. Mrs Schuyler predeceased her hus band five years ago and since then Mr Schuyler has resided with his children. Of a family of three sons and four daughters the following   survive — Mr Geo. Schuyler of Koomooloo; Mrs Steinberg of Lincoln Park; Mr R. Schuyler of Mt. Bryan and Mrs P. J.Harrison of Aberdeen. A son Mr Frank Schuyler, was killed in the Great War. The late Mrs Geo. Gallagher was a daughter. There are a number of grandchildren. At the funeral which took place at Kooringa the firm of Messrs A. J. and P. A. McBride was represented by Mr P. Milner, Secretary to the firm and Mr F. T. Pascoe of Kooringa, who also placed floral tributes on the coffin. The above gentlemen also acted as bearers with Messrs Tom Baker, H. Morgan, Roy Sellars and J. F. Ward. The service was conducted by the Rev. D. L. Redding and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


30.           1935 – THOMAS, James

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 3 September 1935




The death on Friday, August 23, of Mr James Thomas, at his residence, "Northfield," Redruth, Burra, removed a greatly esteemed resident. Born at Kooringa on the 3rd April, 1860, the deceased gentleman was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs . James Thomas and was the last survivor of a family of four sons. He received most of his education in Burra at the private schools of that period and when the Burra Mine closed down he went to Wallaroo with his grandparents where he gained business experience by working in drapery, bakery and chemists shops. However the call of the land was urg ing him and he left Wallaroo and returning to this district joined his father and brothers at Banbury (Mt. Bryan East). Later on he got together a team of bullocks and went to Mount Gipps the other side of Broken Hill for wool, certainly a venturesome undertaking for he was then quite a lad. Sheep farming next appealed to him and in the fulfilment of his desires he battled hard in rough country, shepherding his sheep as wild dogs were then plentiful. During these periods he endured great hardships and privations, more often losing instead of making money. However this experience set the foundation of the more success ful career which followed. In 1890 he married Miss Ada M. Gare, and their first home was on property known as Martindale, near Ketchow la station. From thence they removed to Tomkinson near Caroona station, where the young couple shared in the hardships necessary in making ends meet. In 1899 they came in to the Razorback, just beyond Mt. Bryan, and soon after secured 'Wal- linga,' Mt. Bryan East, where they with their family, resided until their retirement. One of Mr. Thomas's outstanding achievements in the sheepfarming business was the producing of fat lambs for the Freezing Works, in country considered of in sufficient rainfall for the purpose. This he succeeded in doing for a continuous period of more than 10 years. While resident in this district he helped in all public matters both there and in the surrounding districts and was a Councillor in the Hallett District Council for many years, also a very active member and chairman of the Agricultural Bureau. Mr. Thomas was also a great lover of music and whilst living at Mt. Bryan East he organised and trained a piccolo band of boys of the local public school and one of his pupils was the now world famous explorer, Sir Hubert (George) Wilkins, who was born at and spent his early life at Mt. Bryan East.       On his retirement in 1921, Mr. and   Mrs. Thomas came to Burra to reside and purchased the property "Northfield," Redruth, where he lived until his death. His activities from thence onward are well known to the Burra townsfolk. He did not take   any active part in public matters but was none the less active in good works. Never seeking the limelight be preferred to do his good work quietly and unostentatiously and in his position of Chairman of the Burra Benevolent Society and as a member of the Unemployed Relief Committee he had plenty of scope and was brought closely into touch with want and suffering. To those besides giving material and financial assistance very often out of his own pocket he was always looked upon by these needy folk as a trusted friend. It is these who benefitted by his generosity who now know the type of friend they   have lost. Another self imposed task and one he never missed doing until illness claimed him, was his visits to the sick and suffering in our local hospital and at the home of the aged. This was a work he loved and always carried with him besides words of cheer, material comfort. As in his early days years he still retained his love of music and took a great material interest in connection with the local Burra District Brass Band and in view of the assistance given he was made their Patron. One of his generous acts to the Band was the paying for of the extra lighting involved at the Rotunda which is of great assistance to the players when holding concerts, etc. The funeral took place at Kooringa on the 24th August and the attendance showed the very high esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held by the very large and representative gathering which assembled at   the cemetery, the cortege being of great length. Amongst those present were the members of the Hallett District Council including Sir John Melrose. Desirous of giving an expression of their love for their late Patron the members of the Burra Band un- der bandmaster J. H. Murison, play ed the beautiful old favorite hymn, 'Jesu lover of my soul.' as the procession slowly wended its way down the long avenue to the grave. The service was conducted by the Revs. E. G. Neil and G. C. Hutchinson, and the latter in his address paid an eloquent tribute to the departed. Mr. Hutchinson rightly summed the late gentleman's religious principles up when he stated that he had a mind far too broad to be confined to any particular religious denomination. At the conclusion of the service the Band again played the hymn. The bearers were His Worship the Mayor (Mr. T. H. Woollacott), Messrs H. Jennison, William Thomas, Edlie Thomas, P. L. Rosman and A. L. Clode. Be sides the widow he leaves three sons, Mr. G. Ralph Thomas of Hogback station; Mr. Frank G. Thomas, Mt. Bryan East and Mr. Alan L. Thomas, 'Wonnara,' Terowie, and seven grandchildren. Very beautiful were the floral tributes sent by the follow   ing :— Mayor and Mayoress, Citizens of Burra, Burra Brass Band boys; Burra Benevolent Society; Christian Endeavor (Redruth), Mr. and Mrs H.   Farley, (Adelaide), Mr. Stanley Gare, (Adelaide), Mr. and Mrs. W. Hunkin (Adelaide), Mrs. H. Thomas and family (Adelaide), Mrs. T. Fuller and family, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Mc Waters; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Hodge, Mr. Brown, Edna and Jean Mc Waters, Mr. and Mrs. Horton Jennison, Mr. and Mrs. Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Riggs, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas, Linda, Ida, Stuart and Bert Thomas, Mrs. F. Robertson, Mrs Heinrich, Mr. and Mrs. Foote 'Leabrook,' Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Thomas, Mrs. E. J. Walker, Miss M. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. F. Pearce and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. L. White, Miss Lorna Brandon, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Jefferies, Mr. and Mrs. J. and M. Thom   as (Willalo), Mrs. Clode sen., Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Clode, Roma and Eric Clode, Mr. and Mrs. Edlie Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jeffery, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Wilks, Mrs. W. S. Thomas, Mr. Leslie Thomas.






31.           1943 – GRANT, Richard John

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 19 October 1943



A well-known and popular townsman, Mr. Richard John (Dick) Grant passed away at his residence, Burra, on Tuesday, October 12th. Mr. Grant had been ailing for a considerable period, but the news of his death came to his many friends as a great shock. He was the younger son of Mr. M. Grant and the late Mrs. Grant, of Pt. Pirie, and in 1928 married Miss A. Harris, of Sydney, who survives him. He was born at Port   Adelaide on August 10th, 1895. He spent his early manhood in the Darling River country and for a number of years was the book-keeper on Weinterga Station. Later he joined the Shell Company and acted as this company's agent at both Broken Broken Hill and Burra, until he had to resign his position owing to ill-health. Later he was appointed Clerk to the District Council of Hallett, which position he retained until his death.

The late Mr. Grant took a keen interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of this town, particularly in regard to the local Racing and Bowling Clubs. He was a member of the RSS & AILA, and the Kooringa Masonic Lodge and at one time and another had been active on numerous sporting and social committees of Burra. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Home Guard and at the time of his death was Quartermaster/Sergt., and a member of the VD.C. since its inception. In the Great War he enlisted but did not see service overseas.

The funeral took Place on Thursday last when there was a large and representative gathering of men from the town and district. The Rev. M. P. Cowle conducted the service at St. Mary's Church of England, and Messrs A Tennant, L. Gordon, M. T Fuller, J. McGrath, Frank Reed and M. Bednall were the bearers. Mr. C. W. Gare represented the District Council of Hallett. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


32.           1943 – HILL, Mary, nee WHITE

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 19 October 1943


Links with the early days of Burra are gradually being broken and in the death of Mrs Richard Hill which occurred at her residence, Burra, on Friday last removed a well-known old, and highly esteemed resident, another link was severed. Born near Porters Lagoon on October 29th 1860, the deceased lady was Mary, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John White, old retainers of Koonoona Station. One of her positions on leaving school was in the employ of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Cater, the first headmaster of Burra Public School. She was mar ried to Mr. Richard Hill by the late Rev. J. G. Wright on the 8th May, 1881. Her husband   predeceased her on the 10th February 1929. In the Great War 1914-18 four of five sons saw active service in Palestine and France. George died of wounds in France and Sam of pneumonia, another son, Horace, late A.I.F., passed away two years ago. Her quiet, sincere nature endeared her to a large circle of friends, she was always an interested supporter of church and patriotic matters and although unable to assist personally, always gave most generously. Over taken by illness in recent months she went to the City for treatment and appeared to benefit thereby, but a few weeks ago was taken ill and passed away as above stated. She leaves three surviving children, Mr. Ben Hill; Mrs. John. Quinn, of Adelaide; and Mr. Charles Hill, of the Waterworks Department, Port Pirie; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The funeral took place on Saturday midday, when, in the unavoidable absence of the Rev S. J. Martin, through indisposition, the service was conducted by the Rev. A. S. Barrett, Burra North. The casket was borne to its last resting place by Messrs W. J. Thomas, J. Harvey, P. J. Byrne and W. Nankivell. Many beautiful floral tributes were received. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son, Funeral Directors. At the Kooringa Methodist Church on Sunday last reference was made to the devoted interest in her church by Mrs. Hill, by the Bev. S. J. Martin, and sympathy extended to the bereaved.


33.           1943 – HEINRICH, Frieda Elsie Dorothy, nee HEINRICH

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 19 October 1943


Intense sympathy was expressed for Mr. Arnold Hein rich in the death of his wife which occurred at the Burra Hospital on the 6th October. The deceased young lady who was well-known and very popular was only 26 years of age. Born at Booborowie on the 22nd January, 1917, she was the second daughter, Freida, of Mr G. A. and the late Mrs. Heinrich Burra. After leaving school she spent most of her early womanhood at home with her mother. She later married her cousin, Mr. Arnold Heinrich son of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Heinrich, of Burra, on the 15th February, 1939. After their marriage they resided at Koonoona where she identified herself with all matters pertaining to the welfare of the district and was a most active worker in the Black Springs Red Cross, FFCF and CWA. She was also a faithful member of her church. Mr. and Mrs. Heinrich came to Burra North, to reside in April of this year. For some time previous to her death she was indisposed, taking a serious turn a few days prior to that sad event. Besides the bereaved husband   intense sympathy is felt for her father, brothers and sisters.   The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon when there was a large attendance and the cortege was a long one. The service was conducted by Pastor Hoff, of Emu Downs, and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son, Fu neral Directors, Burra. The casket was carried by Messrs A. P. Rogers, E. T. Baulderstone, A. D. Sellars, R. J. Jeffery, Roy Lloyd and R. L. Steele. Many beautiful floral tributes were received.


34.           1931 – OBORN, Stuart Russell

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 9 September 1931



Sudden Death of Mr. S. R. Oborn, Headmaster Burra School.

Quite a gloom was cast over the town on Monday evening when it was announced that Mr. Stewart Russell Oborn, the popular headmaster of the Burra State School, had passed away suddenly at the Burra Hospital.   The shock was the greater as he was in the street that afternoon at 5.30 p.m. For some weeks past however,   his health had not been good and he was to have undergone an operation at the Burra Hospital on Tuesday. In view of this fact he entered the Institution on Monday evening and about an hour later was preparing to retire when he was seized with a   heart attack and expired immediately. His death apart from the severe blow to his wife and family is also keenly felt by the scholars of the school by whom he was greatly beloved. Just before the cessation of duties on Monday afternoon at the school, Mr. Oborn, we understand, visited each room and told the children that he would be away from them for awhile and asked them all to do their best for him in the meanwhile. As the annual examinations are drawing near Mr. Oborn made a special appeal to the scholars of his own class especially those who are going up for their Q.C. exam. He appealed to the boys and girls to study hard and after referring to the happy relations that had existed between them asked them not to 'let him down,' that he would be thinking of them all the time. His appeal made a deep impression on the scholars and many of them referred to his remarks at their homes later, before his death.        

His thoughtfulness for the children under his care has been an outstanding feature of his work and particularly since the present depression started. Before rations were distributed as they are at present he worked hard and during last winter made arrangements with a number of Burra kind-hearted folk to have hot soup, cocoa and cake served daily in his office to children who were un able to have nutritious meals at   home. Since then his efforts have been in the direction of warm wearing apparel and in view of his know ledge of the individual needs of many in the community was appointed, Hon. Secretary to the Burra Unemployment Relief Fund. To many who never applied for assistance he most tactfully and kindly by careful watching of the children got to know their needs and many parcels of warm clothing found their way into these homes as a result of his judicious thought and care. In his duties at school he tried to inspire the children with the best and believed in education by the eye as much as by the ear. The interior of   the school clearly proves that as Mr. Oborn, we understand, has one of   the finest collections of pictures and ether equipment in that respect out of Adelaide. Apart from his scholastic duties he has identified himself   with town affairs. He was a member of the Institute Committee, a  strong member of the Burra Bowling Club and for a time took entire   charge of the garden there. He was also a member and officer of St. Mary's Church, Kooringa, a member of the local Masonic Lodge and the A.O. Foresters. However it was mostly his philanthrophic work that earned for him the respect and esteem of the community. For Mrs. Oborn, her young sons and daughters in their great sorrow the deepest sympathy is felt. The funeral will take place this Wednesday morning at the Kooringa cemetery. Mr. Oborn was only 49 years of age.


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 16 September 1931



Mr. J. S. R. Oborn, late head master of the Burra School, who passed away so suddenly on the 7th of September, was born at Jamestown on the 3rd January, 1883. His father, the late Thomas Symons Oborn, being the headmaster of the Grammar School there. Later his father entered the Education Dept. and moved to Beetaloo and Wirrabara. His son also took up the teaching profession and from Wirrabara went to the Teachers' Training College and from thence to the University. His first appointment was at Goodwood, then Norwood and later Hindmarsh. He was given his

first appointment as headmaster at Elliston where he remained for two and a half years. From thence he was removed to Streaky Bay and in July of 1921 just over ten years ago was transferred to Burra where as headmaster he fully upheld the past traditions of the local school and was an esteemed and honored master. He married in 1898, Miss Ada Cowin, eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Cowin of Laura, who with a family of five children are left to mourn their sad loss. They are Misses Doreen, Kathleen and Ruth Oborn and Mr. Ron Oborn, Adelaide, and Master Philip Oborn of Kooringa. His eldest daughter, Miss Doreen Oborn, is also a teacher in the Education Dept. His mother resides at Cherry Gardens. The funeral took place on Tues day morning of the 8th at the Kooringa Cemetery when the large attendance was eloquent of the sympathy felt for the bereaved and the very high esteem in which the de ceased gentleman was held. Many magnificent floral tributes were received, also from various public bodies including the Bowling Club, Unemployment Committee, Kooringa Methodist Church, Burra High School, Burra State school children and the staff. A pathetic sight just prior to the funeral was to see a child from every grade in the school leave the building with two teachers, Messrs Swindley and Bown, each carrying a wreath. The school was then dismissed and the children of the senior grades walked to the cemetery where they formed a guard of honor either side of the long avenue in the cemetery and at the conclusion of the service which was conducted by the Rev. J. S. W. Coles, the scholars in single file passed by the grave. Members of the Masonic Lodge and the A.O. Foresters of which the late Mr. Oborn was a member, were also present. The latter service was read by Bro. E. J. Davey. The bearers were Messrs E. J. Davey, A. L. and O. G. Walker (Foresters), Jas. Bentley, D. Keynes and J. Kellock (Masonic.) We omitted to refer to in our previous issue of the part played by the late Mr. Oborn in obtaining a public playground and also the immense amount of work he put into the scheme himself involving hours of manual labor apart from always forming one of the weekly 'Working Bees,' in fact, much of its success was due to his indomitable energy.



35.           1931 – ISAAC, Louisa Ethel, nee GEORGE

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 9 September 1931



It is with deep regret we announce the sudden death of Mrs. Jas. Isaac of Aberdeen, which occurred at her residence on Friday night last. The deceased lady who for the past 20 years was a great sufferer from attacks of asthma, had only re turned a few days previously from a holiday from which she had greatly benefitted and her many friends re marked on how well she looked. Unfortunately, possibly through the extreme cold and damp weather an unusually severe attack gripped her to which she succumbed. The late   Mrs. Isaac was 49 years of age and born at Pekina, S.A., on April 4th, 1882. She was a daughter of Mrs. L. George, now of Fullarton. She later married Mr. Jas. Isaac, now in the Burra Waterworks Dept., and eldest son of Mrs. and the late Jas. Isaac, late of Burra. When able Mrs. Isaac was a constant worker and member of the Methodist Church, in fact, before coming to Burra to reside she was for eight years the Superintendent of the Junior Christ ian Endeavor Society at the Oxide Street Church, Broken Hill, and one of that church's foremost workers. On coming to Aberdeen she as far as she was able identified herself with the church and was always ready with her sympathy and interest in its work. She was essentially a home maker and her only source of relaxation was croquet, both she and her husband being members of the Aberdeen Croquet Club. Besides her husband she leaves three sons, Walter J., Reginald B. and David Isaac for whom great sympathy is felt in their sad and sudden bereavement. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Saturday afternoon last when the service was conducted by the Rev. F. J. Barnes.


36.           1929 – COLLINS, Henry

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 23 October 1929




Another of our old pioneers of the State, and a man who was destined to make an indelible mark on the pastoral history of South Australia, passed away on Friday, October 18th. His death at the age of 97 years was an historical event and with the exception of one or two other veterans still surviving, was the connecting link between this and another period of civilisation. Think of it — 97 from 1929 takes us back to 1832, to the days when Adelaide was hardly thought of, to before the convict days of Australia, to the days prior to the wakening of labor when the men were mere cogs in a machine and of little account and when to rise out of the ruck was almost an impossibility. The younger generation can hardly imagine the world as it then was, without telegraphs or telephone, steamships or motor transport, in fact, the state of society in 1929 is more different from that of 1832 than the world of 1832 was from 1500. And Mr. Collins was an intelligent observer of all those changes. What a wonderful life he had and how quietly, quickly and beautifully he passed out of it. Henry Collins was born in Devonshire, England. When only a boy of seven he arrived in this State with his parents on the 'Isabel Watson' 1839, three years after South Australia had been proclaimed a colony.   The family resided in various parts of the State south of the Burra during the first few years after their arrival. Many are the vivid stories that the late Mr. Collins related concerning his first occupations as a shepherd boy in the vicinity of Adelaide, and a little later as -a milk boy on a dairy in a mid northern district. The Collins family then re   moved to the Burra, and as house accommodation was exceedingly limited they had to construct dug outs in the Burra Creek and resided there. At a very early age he worked at the Burra Mines and when his father went to the Victorian gold rush he was the sole support of his mother. By a determined effort he managed to get together a team of bullocks and a dray and commenced carting goods to and from Port Adelaide. When his father returned from Victoria, Henry had two bullock teams working and it is recorded that so small was this young teamster that a stool had to be taken on these trips to enable him to place the yokes on his bullocks. It was not long after this that a party including Henry set out for the Victorian gold fields. They met with little success and Henry re turned to the Burra. Within a short time after returning he married Miss Jane Thomas, daughter of Mr. Thom as of "Three Trees," near the Burra. It was just after his marriage that he contracted to deliver iron stone from Iron Mine to the Burra Mines, and whilst at that work they resided in a tent at Iron Mine. Enough money was saved from this work to enable Mr. Collins to purchase two 80-acre sections about a mile from where the township of Mount Bryan is now situated. A little over 70 years ago he came to reside at "Lucernedale." To-day parts of the original homestead may still be seen. Mr. Collins first erected a "pine and daub" room, but when he brought   the family to live on his section another room was added. About this time the Government surveyors were engaged in surveying the land north of Mount Bryan. Mr Collins was engaged in moving the surveyors and their belongings from camp to camp, as their work carried them further north. The Burra Mines were in want of timber for the mines and Mr Collins took the wood carting contracts. When these were finished he next was stone walling for Dr. Browne on Canowie station. Sixty   years ago Mr. Collins commenced farming. In those days only single furrow ploughs were in use drawn by a- team of eight bullocks. He carried on farming for twenty years. When wheat values became so low as to make it unprofitable to farm deal ing in sheep was next attempted. In 1884 the foundation of the well known 'Stud Sheep' was laid by the purchase of valuable rams from John Lewis and Pewsey Vale Estate, and cast for age stud ewes from the then well-known studs. An interesting fact is made known when it is learnt that the first lucerne was purchased fifty three years ago and planted on Mr. Collins' fertile flats at Mount Bryan. As far as is known this   was the first attempt to grow lucerne in large areas north of Adelaide. The tide of adversity had now turned and Mr. Collins seemed on a fair way to success. He purchased country in the Mount Bryan- East district as well as properties near to his homestead. Mr Collins attention was then drawn to a property "Waurkongaree'' part of Chewing's Estate, which he considered suitable for grazing purposes. This was not held long for it was eventually, sold to Sir John Melrose. An   interesting fact in the light of recent developments is that whilst muster ing sheep on this property one of Mr Collins' sons picked up a stone which was thought to be valuable. This was at Twigham and the son took it home to his father. Mr. Collins had   the stone assayed and the result was 39 ozs. of gold to the ton. A search for the reef was made by Mr. Collins but proved futile and it was not until recently that another attempt was made to prove the field Mr. Collins then leased country on the Eastern plains and extended his interests in the wool industry. Imbued with the faith that a great future was in store for the wool industry Mr. Collins concentrated on breeding stud sheep. In 1913 that wonderful ram 'Dandie Dinmont' was purchased from Messrs John Collins and   Sons of Collinsville, who had acquired him from James Richmond, the then proprietor of the Haddin Rig stud for 1550 guineas. The Lucerne dale stud was now an established fact and with the added knowledge of his early experience, the name of Collins of South Australia spread throughout the sheep breeding   world. Henry Collins' enthusiasm for the production of high class sheep was sustained right up to the end. Although at the advanced age of 97 years, he still possessed the nucleus of a fine stud, and was most alert as to the finer points in sheep breeding. He attended the recent Burra Show and received many congratulations on gaining several prizes with his sheep. Such are a few of the incidents in the long life of the late Henry Collins, whose determination and force of character were his only aids in his climb from the lowest rung of life's ladder to the highest 'The greatest school of experience was his only teacher. He was one of the   foundation members and trustees of the old Bible Christian Church built in 1871. He loved his church and was a great factor in its progress. Many fine traits had Henry Collins, but none finer than his hospitality to all who entered his home. It may be said of the late Mr. Henry Collins that he was an empire builder, pioneer and sheep-breeder. He has given a great deal to Australia and the world at large and has earned a niche among the historic figures of this State. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon and before leaving "Lucernedale" a short family service was held by the Rev. S. Jew and the deceased's favorite hymn, "Jesu Lover of my soul" sung. An immense cortege then followed the remains to their last resting place in the family's burying ground at the Koo ringa cemetery. On arrival at Burra numerous other cars joined in the procession and on reaching the cemetery the crowd there assembled comprised one of the most representative possibly seen in Burra,   all anxious to pay their last respects to the memory of the "grand old man of the district." Another unusual event and possibly unique in the history of Australia was the presence at the graveside of such an aged parent of twelve children with the eldest son present of the one son (Alfred of Queensland), who was unable to get home in time. Of a family of 16 children, thirteen survive and those present were : Mr. John Collins, Collinsville; Messrs Dan Collins, Adelaide; Joseph Collins, Unley; Eddie Collins, Prospect; Maurice Collins, Glenunga, S.A.; Arthur Collins, Jamestown, and Horace Collins of 'Lucernedale,' Mt. Bryan. All his daughters namely Mesdames J. Rundle, Subiaco, W.A. ; N. W. Martin, Peterborough; G. J. Hanlin, Willalo; Miss Alice Collins, 'Lucernedale,' Mt Bryan, and Mrs. T. Moore, Poochera. There were also present sons and daughters-in-law and a number of grandsons besides many other relatives. Seldom also has such feeling been shown at the last rites of such a venerable person. The family had never known their father spend a day in bed and he also had been able to converse with his children to within a few hours of his decease. Truly a wonderful record and a beautiful memory of a good living man. The   service was deeply impressive and after the service opened the old hymn "There's a land that is fairer than

day," was sung.   In a short address at the graveside the Rev. S. Jew said that in this case no one among the assembled company, he felt sure, would complain about death. They would understand that their late aged friend had welcomed that great change more   fervently than he had welcomed any other incident in the history of his life. He had seen Mr. Collins shortly before he passed away and knew that he was one in spirit with Tennyson when the poet wrote:     Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me And may there be no moaning at the bar     When I put out to sea. All present realised that they were performing the last rites for a man who had had a wonderful career. He was a pioneer primary producer and none knew or could estimate what his example and work had contributed to the prosperity of the State. His name was well-known not only in Sth. Australia but all over the Common wealth and his life story was one which all should know. Our grand     old men and women of the early days, those who had laid the foundations of the State, were quickly passing through the vestibule of life, with their stories untold and so the real

History of the state was passing into oblivion. There should be someone to gather and record the facts of the lives of those old pioneers, none knew what worth they had been to Australia and none could tell the history of Australia as they could. The life of Mr. Collins had been a triumph, and despite his great age, though his body was frail his mind was clear to the last. Often during the last months he had seen him in his chair with the light shining on him and reading that Book which was the light of his life and which gave him hope of continuance in another sphere. At the house they had sung that beautiful hymn, 'Jesu lover of my soul,' which must have comforted the bereaved and was a triumphant note at the end of the life of a great man.   The pall bearers were Messrs Isaac Tralaggan, Frank P. Pearce. Thomas Beckwith, William J. Bald, Jack Hooper and E. Weatherill, all of Mt. Bryan. Many beautiful floral tributes were received from all parts of the State.


37.           1897 – PEARCE, John

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 2 June 1897



We have this week to record the death of the late Mr. John Pearce, who died at his residence, Chapel-street, Kooringa, on Friday last. The deceased gentleman was well and favourably known. He was born in Torrenton, North Devon in the year 1803, and was therefore 94 years of age. In October 16, 1848, the deceased arrived in South Australia in the ship Santiphore, landing in Port Adelaide. He was a mason by trade, and for some time after his arrival in the colony he worked for Mr. Shepherd, and subsequently went to Mintaro where he again resumed mason operations. Like many others, Mr. Pearce went to the Bendigo gold diggings, and after a short space of time he returned and commenced farming pursuits at Gum Creek 33 years since and was moderately successful. About 19 years ago he sold the farm and took up land at Baldina. He has, however, lived a retired life, for the past 15 years. He leaves four sons — Mr. John Pearce, Hundred of Pirie ; Mr. Henry Pearce, Mount Bryan Flat; Mr. Samuel Pearce, Leighton ; and Mr. Richard Pearce, Burra, all excepting the last named being married. Mrs. Tickle, late of Yongola is also his eldest daughter and mother of Mrs. E. W. Crewes, Kooringa. Ann and Emma are not married, and like their brother Richard, re side at home. Four sons and two daughters came out from the old country, and Emma was born at Mintaro. He leaves 35 grandchildren and 70 great grandchildren. The deceased when in Torrenton, worked with the late Mr. John Dunn, of Mount Barker, and the late. W. Cotton of Alberton, Adelaide. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, the Rev. J. Simpson officiating at the grave.


38.           1886- KILLICOAT, Isaac

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Friday 22 January 1886



Captain Killicoat.

Isaac Killicoat, Esq., J.P., of Abberton Park, whose death has been already notified in this paper and whose funeral (one of the largest on record), took place at the Kooringa Cemetery on the 21st inst, was born at Perranwell, a village in Cornwall about five miles south of Truro, on December the 3rd, 1809 ; he will, therefore have just passed his 76th birthday. Up to within a short period of his decease he had been in robust health, and was a fine specimen of the race produced in that most westerly district of the mother country. From his youth he was engaged in mining pursuits, and as in his young days the free, secular and compulsory education of the present day was not in existence, the attendance at a night school, after a hard day's labor, furnished the only means by which an ambitious boy of that stamp could obtain an insight into the three R's. He adopted this means of rising in the social scale with an unwearied persistence, and thus early in life shadowed forth the untiring energy which was always a strong point in his charac- ter. At the early age of 19 he was selected to superintend operations where nearly 500 hands were employed, and for a period of 19 years previous to his emigrating to South Australia, he was Surface Captain to the Tresavean Copper Mine, Gwennap, Cornwall, one of the most ancient and largest copper mines in Eng- land, and the second mine in the world to introduce what is technically termed the ' man engine' or lift, to enable miners to descend to great depths without the old cumbrous way of walking up and down. During the whole of this period he walked five miles back and forth (as a Cornishman would say), or 10 miles a day. He was engaged in 1848 by John Schneider & Co., (afterwards the Patent Copper Company), to come to Burra and superintend the purchase of ore from the South Australian Mining Association and others, on behalf of the Smelting Co. This he continued to do until the cessation of working the Burra Mine, about eight years since. He also made purchases of land on his own account from time to time, in the neighbourhood of Burra, and cultivated wheat and hay to some extent for a considerable period, but having leased Government land at a distance eastward, he has latterly confined his operations to sheepfarming, making the pur- chased land a depot and shearing-place He named his house and home property ' Abberton Park,' after the name of the vessel in which he arrived here. At this place, by means of irrigation with water raised by a windmill and pipes carried to a cemented tank above the level of the garden, fruit trees of various descriptions, but more particularly oranges and lemons, are grown to great perfection, and this so far inland as Burra, although it is generally supposed that proximity to the sea is a necessity for their successful cultivation. The subject of this sketch has always taken an active part in public matters, more particularly in anything tending to the development of what may be termed the lower North country. He took great interest in the formation of the Burra railway, and was present at its inauguration. It is a mistake to say that he, on several occasions, unsuccessfully contested the Burra District as a candidate for the House of Assembly ; he never came forward in that capacity, although earnestly solicited on many occasions to do so. He was, on one occasion, induced to try for the Legislative Council, when the whole of the colony was one constituency, and in this he was un- successful. He was appointed a member of the first Burra District Council, and was elected Chairman thereof, which position he continued to fill for a number of years. He also was elected (at the head of the poll) for the first Midland Road Board, and has continued to occupy the same post until his decease. It will be admitted by every one cognizant with the facts that no one man has done more for the establishment of good roads, bridges, and other means of internal communication for the Burra District than the deceased, and the void in that respect will not be easily filled. The deceased was considered an expert in mining matters, and his opinion and judgment was constantly brought into requisition. He has made two trips to New Caledonia to con- fer with the owners of the far-famed Ballade copper mine and the Monte D'Or (nickel). He has also visited the Cobar copper mines in New South Wales, and mines in New Zealand. The last set of furnaces at Newcastle, N.S.W., belonging to the E. and A. C. Company, were also designed and started under his superintendence. In addition to this he has been frequently consulted by owners of mines on the Peninsula and other parts of the colony as to their prospects. Some inconsistent paragraphs have gone the round of the papers as to his religious tenets. Although not a bigot, he was a consistent member of the Church of England, and one of the trustees of S. Mary's, Burra. He has on several occasion's aided by his influence and purse the various churches of other denominations in Burra. He has been thrice married, his last wife still surviving. His eldest son has been dead for some years, but there are two sons and three daughters still living; also twenty-two grandchildren. He was taken ill only about eight days before his death, but the extreme heat of the weather prevented him from overcoming the combined effects of age and illness.        

39.           1893 – BIOGRAPHY

                KELLICOAT, Philip Lander

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Wednesday 13 December 1893



Philip Lander Killicoat, Esq., J.P.

Philip Lander Killicoat, Esq., was born at Perranwell, Cornwall, on August 28, 1844. In 1854 he landed in South Aus tralia, making Burra his home. He is, without doubt, one of our most generous and kind hearted residents, and of whom we are all justly proud. Many a poor family has been relieved in time of need by P. L. Killicoat. His kindness does not only extend to Kooringa, Redruth and Aberdeen, but right throughout the district his name is a household word. Whether in public or private life he has always taken an unusual amount of interest in the town and at personal inconvenience and expense has attended meetings of various kinds to further its interest. His principal occupation is sheepfarming, and he resides at the picturesque spot known as Abberton Park. In 1887-8 he was elected Mayor of Burra, unopposed both times, but owing to pressure of business he reluctantly resigned from the high and honourable position in 1888. During the time of the Broken Hill strike he made one (with his brother William) to forward a consignment of fat lambs to the poor of Broken Hill, and as a reward he received the humble thanks of hundreds of workmen in the silver city. For about 10 years he has been a member of the Burra District Council, and in this capacity he has won the admiration and respect of all whom he has come in contact with for his straightforward and conscientious actions. He is also a member of the Burra Hospital Board, and this position he has held for about 8 years. Although we would like to numerate his kind deeds towards the Hospital and patients our space will not allow us to, but suffice it to say that our worthy Mayor is a man of sterling qualities and cannot see distress exist on either   hand. For three years he has been elected by the unanimous vote of the local branch of the Pastoral Union to the position of chairman, and on December 1, 1893, he was elected Mayor of Burra, and there is every prospect of him filling the position with credit to himself and the ratepayers of the town of Burra.

40.           1911 – KILLICOAT, Philip Lander

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Wednesday 20 September 1911




The Late Mr. Killicoat.

Residents were much shocked on Thursday when news arrived that Mr. P. L. Killicoat, of Abberton Park, Redruth, had been found unconscious on the roadside, close to his house with nasty cuts on his head. Mr. Ralph Hill, in the employ of Mr. W. T. Truscott, made the discovery, and at once went to Mr. Killicoat' s assistance and placed his head on a seat from the vehicle in which the deceased was a few minutes before was sitting on, and after acquainting the house hold the sufferer was then conveyed to the house. The doctor was sent for, and everything was done to alleviate pain, but the deceased did not rally, but died between 8 and 9 o'clock the same evening. No one saw the accident, but the version of Mr. Hill is the most likely one that will ever be known. Like most people Mr. Hill was very curious as to how the' event happened, and carefully investiga ted. To our reporter Mr. Hill said — ' It has been the custom to meet Mr. Killicoat when going to his house, but on this fateful morning I missed him, and strange to say I was particularly struck with the circumstance, and I no- ticed a piece of light swingletree on the road, but thought nothing more of it, until I reached the top of the hill, when I noticed something wrong close to Mr. Killicoats' house, and practically in the bed of a very shallow creek. As I approached the scene I saw a man lying on his back with his head inclined under his right shoulder. I hurriedly left my cart, but I scarcely know how I did so, and discovered it was Mr. Killicoat. After doing what I could for him, I examined the gig in which, the victim had been riding, and noticed only half the swingletree attached to the vehicle. I then recounted what I saw on the roadside. I went back and matched the pieces just by Mr. W. Oppermann's house, which is at the bottom of a long hill. I followed the road along and saw where one trace was dragging on the road, so that evidently the horse pulled the trap up the hill with one trace only When, however, the shallow creek was reached there were signs of the old horse (for it was very quiet) having trod on the hanging trace, and this having occurred caused the horse and gig to stop suddenly, which would be sufficient to throw any person out. The trace attached to the swingletree came undone, and the only thing that held the horse was the breeching, and a little pressure on the rump strap caused this to break, and from the horse's footprints I should judge the animal proceeded home it a walking pace, and stood at the yard gate waiting for admittance, while its master lay practically dead on the wayside, and only a few yards from the home in which he had lived for many years. The late Mr. Killicoat was born at Parranwell, Cornwell, England, on Aug 18, 1844, and came to Australia with his mother, when 10 years of age, in the ship Malacca, his father having arrived earlier in the ship Abberton with a shipment of mules from Monte Video. Mr Killicoat, sen., purchased Abberton Park which at the time of his death, 1877, was one of the largest estates in the district. Deceased, who had experience in pastoral pursuits, on the death of his father, took over the estate, and held it up to the time of his death. In addition to Abberton Park he held a considerable amount of land to the east of Burra. He always took an active interest in the welfare of the town and district. He was Mayor of Burra, a member of the Hospital Board for over 16 years, was president of the Agricultural Show, and was a member of the Burra District Council ; he was also connected with the Church of England. He was married in 1874, and reared a family of five sons and seven daughters. Mrs Killicoat was in Adelaide when the fatality occurred. The funeral took place on Saturday, and was largely attended. The Rev. Bloyd, of St. Mary's Church, officiated at the graveside.




41.           1899 – PEAK, John

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Wednesday 11 January 1899



The late Mr. John Peak, sen.

We have to record this week the death of an old and respected resident in the person of Mr. John Peak, sen. at the age of 65 years and 8 months. The deceased gentleman was born at St Just, Cornwall, on April 5, 1833, and in early years followed the occupation of a butcher until he left Cornwall in the year 1853, when he went to Melbourne where he lived for a short time, and then came over to South Australia to see his friends. While over here he carried on butchering for three months, and then returned to Melbourne to seek his fortune on the Victorian gold fields, where he was fairly successful. He was married to Miss Jane Cocks on October 6, 1856, at Fryer's Creek, Victoria, and subsequently returned to South Australia in 1860, coming to Cross Roads, near Kooringa, where he has resided ever since. He carried on the Cross Roads Hotel for 25 years, at the expiration of which time he closed it, and took to farming until about seven years ago, when failing health compelled him to retire. He has been failing in health ever since, and about three weeks ago took to his bed and passed quietly away at 8 o'clock on Fri day morning. He leaves a wife, 4 sons — John, Thomas, James and William, and 3 daughters — Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, and one grandchild. John, the eldest son, is married, and resides at Hanson. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, when the remains of the deceased were interred in the Kooringa cemetery. The coffin was made of beautifully polished cedar by Mr. T. W. Pearce, who carried out the funeral arrangements. The Rev. W. H. Rofe officiated at the grave. The cortege left his late residence at about 2 o'clock and proved to be one of the largest seen in the district for many years, friends from all parts of the district paying the last tribute of respect to the deceased gentleman.


42.           1942 – SANDLAND, W. Humphrey (Tod)

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Tuesday 17 November 1942




The death of Mr. W. Hum- phrey iutu uagic j-u»uenness at **^j residence "Heathmount,"  Burra, on the night of November ?th, removes one of our most prominent townsmen and pastoralists. Born at Mannanarie on the 17th February, 1884, he was the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sandland, of Burra. At the age of eight years the family came to 'Heathmount' to reside as his father had large interests in this district. He was educated at St. Peters College. On leaving school he naturally entered into pastoral work. His late father built up an excellent type of merino and Koo cwie sheep soon came into prominence. Mr. Tod Sandland was as keen as his father, he was an excellent flock master and rec ognised as a good judge of Merino sheep. His sheep were always in demand when auction ed, his wool often topped the market at the annual June Wool Sales held at Adelaide, & his clips recognised as some of the best in the State.   He owned and personally supervised Balah, Redcliffe and Aldina Stations, which this year, owing to good rains, have   seldom been in better heart. His pastoral interests precluded him taking part in public matters but he was interested in sport. In his younger days he played polo, and later tennis and bowls, of the latter he was a keen member and supporter. Mr Sandland was also a Trustee of the Burra Sports Association Ground and Property, and a Director of the Burra Electric Supply Co. He married Mrs. C. F. Humphris (nee Miss Stella Lord) who survives. He also leaves two brothers, Mr. Philip Sand land, pastoralist, Western Australia, and Mr. K. Chesters Sandland, manager of Messrs  Goldsbrough, Mort & Co., Ltd. Maitland also two sisters Mrs. M.R. Ashton, Burra North, and Miss Elsie Sandland who resides in England. The funeral took place on Wednesday when there was a very large attendance of members of the pastoral industry,   some coming from the City end other long distances to pay their last respects.

The service at St. Mary's Church and at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. M. F. Cowle and the funeral arrangements carried out by Messers C. J. Pearce & Son. The casket was borne by Messrs J. R. Barker, Bob Warnes A. Tennant, C. J. Butler, F. H Reed and Bert Finch. Many beautiful wreaths and floral tributes were received from all parts of the State.


43.           1911 – FINCH, William

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Wednesday 5 July 1911



The Late Mr Wm. Finch, sen.

We regret to record the death of a very old and highly respected resident of the district, in the per son of Mr William Finch, sen., at the age of 78. The deceased arrived in the colony from Brixham [Eng.] in 1870, and after landing at Port Adelaide, he came to Burra, and worked for his father at Spring Bank. After working there some time he saw an opportunity of improving his position and took up land in the Hundred of Bright. His wife, William and George then followed from the old country, and in his venture the late Mr Finch was very successful, which was the result of hard toil, thrift, and a superabundance of energy. He seldom had a day's illness until some months ago he relinquished farming operations, and came to reside in Kooringa. He had a wonderful memory, and could tell many interesting tales of the early days of the town and district. He had been ailing somewhat more than usual during the past few days, but on Sunday last he felt much better, so much so that he got up, dressed himself, and took a seat at the fireside in the front room. He remarked that he was feeling much better, and the doc tor, who saw him an hour or so before death took place, considered that he was progressing well. Mr Finch left the room at about 1.30 and retired to bed. He had not been lying down long, however, before he attracted the attention of relatives, who went to see what was the matter, and were grieved beyond measure to find that the old gentleman was in a serious condition. He closed his eyes and passed peacefully and calmly away. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended. The deceased leaves a widow and three sons — William (Kooringa), George and Sam (Bright). The greatest sympathy is expressed for the relatives.


44.           1896 – WARNES, Thomas

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Wednesday 22 July 1896



The death is announced of Mr. Thomas Warnes, a well-known and successful pastoralist and woolgrower. Mr. Warnes, who died at College Park on Wednesday, has been ill for some months, and the news of his decease did not come as a surprise to his friends. Mr. Warnes arrived in the colony in 1855, and first went to Mount Gambier, where he stayed a few months before coming back to Adelaide. Subsequently he made his way to the north, doing different kinds of work till 1862, when he leased the Princess Royal block of land from the Burra Mining Association, on which he first started sheepfarming and lived for 24 years. In 1868 Mr. Warnes took up a pastoral block, and in 1875 named it Koomooloo, which was afterwards changed to Old Koomooloo. In 1872 he sank the first dam on Koomooloo, and gradually improved the property year by year. In 1885 he and his family moved to Old Koomooloo to live, but as the lease expired in 1891 and as he did not care to take up the Old Koomooloo again, he removed three years ago to Koomooloo proper, where he formed another station, putting up new buildings and yards such as are required to work a sheep station. Mr. Warnes as a wool grower was very successful, for many years obtaining the highest prices in the Adelaide market for his clip from the north-east. He was also successful as an exhibitor of wool from the dry country, always getting first prize for his exhibits at the Adelaide shows. At the Adelaide Jubilee he carried off the two first awards for wool from saltbush country, beating wool from the other four colonies. During the following year he sent two exhibits of wool to the Sydney Centennial Exhibition, where he carried off the champion gold and silver medals for exhibits of rams' and ewes' wool, he being the only one who brought honors to South Australia for wool. He was a member of the Vermin Board, and in 1890 was placed on the Central Land Board, a position he held for three years. He also served in the Burra and Mount Bryan District Councils, and for some years he was a director of the Alma Gold Mining Company. In summer months Mr. Warnes and his family have been accustomed to live at Glenelg, and for the last two or three years, Mr. Warnes had been an active supporter of the Commemoration Day carnival. He al ways exhibited a keen interest in acquatics, and was generally secured as judge of any acquatic sports held at Glenelg. He was a member of the Holdfast Bay Yacht Club and of the Austral Club. Five sons and four daughters survive him. Mrs. Warnes died about two years ago. On Friday afternoon the body was brought to Burra, and on the arrival of the mid-day train a large cortege left the railway station and proceeded to the Kooringa Cemetery. Representatives from all parts of the district were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one they respected. The Rev. R. S. Casely conducted the burial service at the grave.


45.           1895 – FUSS, H.C.W.

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Wednesday 1 May 1895



The Late Mr. H. C. W. Fuss.

It is our painful duly in this issue to record the death of Mr. H. C. W. Fuss, which took place at his residence, Redruth, on Thursday morning last after a few weeks illness at the age of 79 years. The deceased gentleman was a very old and respected resident of Burra, having arrived in S. A. in 1847 in the good ship Herman Von Beckeratt. Hearing so much at that time of the famous Burra Burra Mine, Mr. Fuss visited the town, and fortunately found employment as a miner, but he only filled the position for a short time, when he was promoted to one higher, having sole charge of the smelting works charge-yard, and here he mixed the first and last charge for the furnace. After the smelters ceased operations Mr. Fuss followed the occupation of a farmer at Springbank for a few years, and then retired to a private and comfortable life. The deceased gentleman never took any active part in public matters, but has always been known as an intelligent and industrious gardener, and in years gone by he was very successful at flower shows, and his generosity in imparting valuable knowledge concerning the growth and cultivation of all kinds of plants won for him the admiration and respect of everyone who had transactions with him. On Sunday, October 22, 1893, the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Fuss was celebrated at Redruth. They were married at Newstatt, Harzburg, Germany on October 22, 1843. Six sons and two daughters is the result of the marriage, all of whom are married, and in addition to these 46 grandchildren and two great grandchildren have been born. One brother of the de ceased gentleman is still living in Germany. Up to the time of bis late illness Mr. Fuss had enjoyed exceptionally good health. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved family, especially for Mrs. Fuss who has reached the age of 79 years, but still enjoys fairly good health. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon and was largely attended, the burial service being conducted by the Rev. A. G. King.


46.           1928 – McBRIDE, Albert James

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Wednesday 4 April 1928



The last sad rites in connection with the death of Mr. McBride, who passed away in South Africa on February 4th last, took place at the Kooringa Cemetery, Thursday, the 29th March, when his remains were laid to rest. Flags were flown at half-mast and during the time set apart for the interment all business places in the town were closed. This enabled those attached to business places to attend the funeral. The cortege of immense length left the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. E. F. Marston, at 10 a.m. The hearse and coffin were covered with magnificent floral tributes, the remainder of the wreaths filling a car which followed immediately after the hearse. Seldom has a larger or more representative   gathering assembled in the cemetery. On this occasion the most humble person in the town to the wealthiest in the district were present out of esteem and not from a sense of duty. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. H. Nield of Adelaide, who was Mr. McBride's travelling companion on his visit to South Africa. At the   conclusion Mr. Nield who for years had been closely identified with the deceased gentleman, paid a high tribute to the worth of the late Mr. Mc Bride. He spoke of his early strug gle with nature saying he was a man whom nature had fashioned, open and fearless. It was nature that had fashioned his fighting qualities and had made him so tolerant and from this had risen a great fineness of heart, generosity, courage, chivalry and unselfishness. A man who had sought no favours but had been ever ready to bestow them. The Benediction pronounced by the Rev. R. H Lee concluded the service. The chief mourners were Messrs Phillip and Jim McBride, sons; A. Waugh, C. Collins, C. Taylor, sons-in-law; Mesdames W. G. Hawkes and J. Boehme, sisters Messrs William, Robert, Tom and Norman McBride, brothers; Messrs J. L. Sandland, C. and J. McBride Robin McBride, R. Hawkes, D. and N. Keynes, P. Roach, nephews; Messrs W. G. Hawkes, P. Lane, S. M. Lane and E. F. Marston, brothers-in-law. The bearers were members of the Kooringa Masonic Lodge, Bros. Rev W. O. Harris, M. W. Bednall, F. H Collins, F. H. Reed, F. M. Pearce, M A. Radford, D. Keynes and W. R Lee. Many gentlemen came from Adelaide to attend the funeral, including Mr. P. Milner - Secretary to Messrs P. A. and A. J. McBride, Messrs Elder Smith and Co. were re presented by Messrs Horsley Chap man, W. H. Monfries, A. S. Martin and T. Builder (Adelaide), M. Pearce (Burra), and L. Johnson (Peter borough), Mr. B. S. Leahy, British Imperial Oil Co. (Adelaide) ; Mr Reg Walker, Campbell Shearing Co., Adelaide; E. F. Hamilton, Secretary Colton, Palmer and Preston Ltd (Adelaide): J. C. Cunningham, Toorak. . Many present and old em ployees of the firm of A. J. and P. A McBride were also present, including Messrs W. V. Villis, G. R. Bevan, W. G. Corbin, managers of Marrabel. Teetulpa and Braemar stations. Amongst prominent pastoralists and grazers were Messrs T. H. Pearse, his sons, N. H. and H. L. Pearse, C. H. Bartholomaeus, John Collins, T. H. Bailey, C. Wade, members of the Warnes, Riggs, Sandland, Kellocks, Gebhardt, Collins, Field, Finch and Reed families, besides many prominent business folk and residents from all over the district. The Salvation Army was represented from head quarters, by Major Melksham, Brigadier and Mrs. J. Ward (Adelaide) and Ensign Shinn, Burra. Amongst the many beautiful wreaths was one composed entirely of South African wild flowers.


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 7 March 1928




The following interesting account of Mr. McBride appeared in Saturday's 'Register' which we feel sure will interest many of our readers :

The late Mr. A. J. McBride, a fore most South Australian pastoralist, passed away at Middelburg, Cape Colony, on February 4th with such tragic suddenness that 'The Register' has obtained from his travelling companion particulars of the tour and the impression received by Mr. Mc Bride. The party consisting of Mr. MeBride, his youngest daughter, his niece and Rev. J. H. Nield of St. Peters, landed at Durban on December 31st. They were met by a representative of the South African Rail ways, who arranged all the details of their tour. Four days were spent in Durban, and the party left for Pre toria — the beautiful capital of the Transvaal Province and the administrative centre of the Union. On the morning after arrival Mr. McBride visited Union Buildings and waited upon Gen. Kemp (Minister for Agriculture), presenting his letter of introduction from the Hon. J. Cowan. The official line of the Union Buildings was on the eve of removing to Capetown for the Parliamentary session of six months and Gen. Kemp's private secretary doubted whether we could do more than present our letters. We were introduced to Gen. Kemp who remained standing. A few compliments were passed and questions asked, and the general sat down and asked us to be seated. He soon perceived he was talking to a man of wide experience, and he summoned the chief secretary of the department (Col. Williams.)

An Important Interview.

Then the interview assumed an aspect of great importance and the wool expert of the Union (Mr. Thornton) was called in. Wool production and marketing, methods and operations on stations, the contrasts between South Africa and Australia and the possibility of co-operation between the two countries — these and kindred subjects were the staple of conversation and enquiry, which altogether lasted three hours. Gen. Kemp and Col. Williams stated that they had never had such a remarkable and in formative interview. The wool expert before we left the building arranged that Mr. McBride should visit several farms upon the Karoo and this series of visits, so kindly intentioned eventually took him to Middleburg, Cape Province. Leaving Pretoria the party travelled via Mafeking and Buluwayo to Victoria Falls, where three days were spent in viewing one of Nature's greatest sights. A day was spent at Buluwayo on the return journey and the Matoppos Estate and the resting place of Cecil Rhodes were visited. Rhodesia is a cattle-raising country of much promise, but at present in its early stages. It was apparent to Mr. McBride everywhere that only recently — since British occupation — had the agricultural industry begun to move. Old methods are rooted in inertia and prejudice and are hard to dislodge. But the stretch of country called the Kalahari Desert, with a 10-in rainfall, immensely impressed him. Presence Widely Known. The Golden City — Johannesburg — claimed one week of our time. Mr. McBride's presence was widely known and many notable people sought him at the hotel. Letters of introduction were presented from our Chief Com missioner of Railways to the assistant general manager at the South African railways' headquarters and inter views were obtained with the touring and travel manager (Mr Dawson) , who had made the comfortable arrangements we enjoyed on the rail ways. The handling and feeding of stock in transit were enquired into. A form dealing with stock was given us, when Col. Irwin Smith (director of Abattoirs and Markets) gave us a whole morning while we followed through the various means he had adopted for the untrucking, sorting and disposal of stock. The mines are a central interest in Johannesburg, and the publicity manager arranged a morning at the Robinson Deep, where the various processes of gold extraction were inspected and explained. Welcome at Middleburg. Middleburg — called Middleburg Cape to distinguish it from Middle burg in the Transvaal — was reached by a journey through the interesting grazing and mealie lands of the Orange River Colony. There we saw a typical Karoo sheep farm. The coun try is very similar to our station land. The effect of a prolonged drought of about two years was very manifest. The Union Government have their chief Agricultural College at Groot-fontein, adjoining the town. The farm attached to the college comprises 25,000 acres — most of which is sheep land. The annual conference of Government experts was being held at the time, Mr. Thornton being present. The principal (Mr Jonbert) extended a warm welcome to Mr. Mc Bride, and Mr. Schurman (wool ex pert) showed us round his department. Much research with experiment is undertaken here to find out the best breeds or crosses of sheep for the country and the effect of feeding upon wool production. This was of great interest to Mr. McBride. After lunch, the sheep expert (Mr. Warren) drove us round the farm to inspect the flocks and the stud animals. Both these experts had been sent by their Governments to Australia to study our methods.

A Fatal Chill.

The day following the inspection Mr McBride caught a chill, and in spite of care and treatment, influeuza and pneumonia followed. Medical and nursing skill did all that was possible, but he succumbed to heart failure on Saturday, February 4th. The temporary interment took place on Sunday morning amid profound sorrow. 'The Mayor, the principal, and the professors at the college and a number of local sheep farmers attended. Later in the day the three remaining members of the party travelled by motor to De Aar, boarded the Union Limited express and reached Capetown in time to sail By the Ceramic for home. The tour had been most interesting. Everywhere Mr. McBride willingly imparted his great practical know ledge of pastoral affairs. Young sheep farmers, who were alive to the importance of new methods, hearing of his presence in their district, eagerly sought his advice. He attended one wool sale in Durban and sent home his opinions. While travelling over the veldt he was keenly observant of the country. One thing greatly impressed him, that, in contrast to South Africa, we are comparatively free from insect pests. Among other affairs he showed a great interest in the native question and felt thankful that we have not the colored problem in our midst, yet he expressed a deep concern in the efforts in South Africa to solve that question. Many telegrams were received from public bodies and private people who had the pleasure of meeting him. He left, behind him the impression — as one said — of a 'Noble generous personality'


47.           1945 – McBRIDE, Louisa, nee LANE

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 4 September 1945


Death of Mrs. A. J. McBride

The death of Mrs. Louisa Mc Bride, who was an old Burra identity occurred at a private hospital in Adelaide on Wednesday night. The late Mrs. McBride who was in her 78th year, was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs. Phillip Lane. The late Mr. Lane was the first Mayor of Burra. She was married to the late Mr. James Albert Mc Bride in Burra in 1891 and with her husband went to Adelaide to live about 30 years ago. The surviving family comprise Messrs P. A. and A. J. McBride, of Glen Osmond, Mesdames A. H. Waugh, of Burnside, H. W. Swift, of Fullarton, E. C. Collins, of Mt. Bryan, C. E. Taylour, of Kingoonya and H. E. Pellew, of North Adelaide. The funeral took place at Burra on Friday. On arrival in Burra it stopped for a short period at the house where the late Mrs. McBride was born in Kangaroo Street and then proceeded to the Cemetery. Rev. Nield, who once was stationed at the Kooringa Methodist Church. conducted the services, one of which was held prior to the cortege leaving Adelaide and the other at the graveside. Dr. H. E. Pellew, Messrs Swift, A. Waugh and C. Taylour were the bearers.


48.           1921 – McBRIDE, Robert James Martin

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 19 October 1921


Death of Mr. R. J. M. McBride.

Mr. R. J. M. McBride, whose death occurred at his residence on Thursday night, was one of the oldest and most notable residents of Burra. He was also a pioneer pastoralist of the State and his name will ever be associated with the industry. His last illness extended over only these days. He contracted a cold on the previous Monday which at his great age quickly developed into pneumonia with other complications and he passed away as stated. The deceased pastoralist was born at Newry, north of Ireland, on January 13th, 1831, and at the age of 14 years went to sea. In the course of several voyages in the next seven years, he visited nearly every part of the world, and twice doubled the Horn. He arrived in Australia in 1852, and immediately "tried his   luck" at the Victorian goldfields. The sea, however, soon called him from that life, and it was four years later that he landed in South Australia, without   friends and with only 5s in his pockets. The Burra district was then booming, and Mr. McBride, being an adventurous young man of about 26 summers, deter mined to go there, even if it meant walking every step of the way. Eventually he arrived at the northern town ship and experienced no difficulty in obtaining employment as a miner on the famous copper property. He was after wards engaged in carrying from Burra to Adelaide and back, and later under took fencing and other contracts on the neighbouring sheep stations. He was able to launch out as a full-fledged squat ter in 1859. He first established The Gums, a large tract of country out from Mount Mary, and gradually acquired other extensive properties. During the ensuing years he owned the Pine Valley, Drayton, Teetulpa, Faraway Hill, Finger Post, Oakleigh, Redcliffe, Outalpa, and Oulnina stations. Mining always had a strong appeal for Mr. McBride, and he was one of the first to realize the possibilities of the Barrier mining field. He invested in 100 of the £10 shares in the Broken Hill Proprietary Company, and subsequently disposed of some of them at £14,000 each. The late pastoralist married first Miss Bessie Dunn, who came out to Australia on the vessel on which he was a sailor. She died on June 18, 1902. Mr. McBride afterwards married Mrs. Robinson, of Broken Hill. The surviving family consists of Messrs William McBride, Aberdeen, pastoralist ; Robert Martin McBride, Toorak, pastoralist ; Albert James McBride, Glen Osmond, pastoralist ; Thomas McBride, Torrensville, pastoralist ; and Norman Harold McBride, Glenelg. pastoralist ; Mrs. Elizabeth Alkar, St. Peters ; Mrs. Caroline Sandland, Kooringa: Mrs. Isabella Hawkes, Koonoona ; Mrs. Mary Keynes, Leightoa ; Mrs.Jane Boehme, Ucolta; and Mrs. Alice Evans, St. Peters. There are 56 grandchildren aud 28 great grandchildren. Since 1912 the late Mr McBride had given over £57,000 to charitable insti tutions and patriotic and war funds, including the following : —Angas College, £1,210 ; City Methodists Mission, £945 ; Northern Territory Mission, £2,450; Salvation Army (South Australia), £5, 875 ; Blind Institution, £1,925 ; Home for Incurables, £362 ; Minda Home,   £300; Methodist Church, Kooringa,   £1,SS6 : Home and Foreign Missions and Bible Societies. £2,350 : Salvation Army (London), £2,355; Dr. Barnardo's Home, £1,150; Muller's Orphan age, Brisbane, £1,100; Dr. Kirk's Children's Home, London, £450 ; Light House Literature, Belfast, £210. An estimate of the amounts which he contributed to the various war funds was considerably over £7,000. Other notable gifts were donations of £4,000 towards the cost of establishing the Australian Bible Institute at Wayville. In Burra Mr McBride was ever ready to assist in all cases of distress and charity and will   be remembered by many for his great generosity. The funeral took place at the Kooringa cemetery on Saturday morning and was attended by a large and representative number of residents and visitors, including Colonel Sharp, the head of the South Australian Division of the Salvation Army and Mr A. E. Fryar, who rep resented Messrs Elder Smith & Co., Adelaide, and who also represented Mr Peter Waite, who is probably the oldest friend that the late Mr McBride has left. The cortege was a lengthy one and immediately following the hearse was his well known horse, 'Jim,' attached to the phaeton Mr McBride always used, driven by his coachman. The chief mourners were the widow, six sons, and four daughters and a large number of grandsons. His eldest daughter Mrs Alkar, was unable to be present. The services at the residence and grave were conducted by the Revs. G. K. Haslam, A. J. Finch and E. M. Ingamells. The Rev. Finch delivering a very fine address at the graveside. The bearers were, —   Messrs E. W. Crewes, S. M. Lane, Clem Pearce, A. S. Martin, W. R. Chambers and W. J. C. Ewins. A large number of beautiful wreaths were received and were conveyed in a cab to the cemetery. Included in these, were emblems from the Railway employees of South Australia, the Salvation Army, Rescue Home aud the McBride Maternity Hospital. Among the many messages of sympathy received was one from the Governor's Private Secretary to Mrs McBride and family which read as follows — "His Excellency and Lady Weigall express their deep sympathy in your great loss.' Mr W. J. Young, the general manager of Elder Smith & Co., also sent the following wire to Mr Fryar, trustee, 'Please convey to the members of the family of the late Mr McBride the deep sympathy of our company who feel that they have lost a very old and honoured friend." Many other messages were received from influential people and friends of the family. It seems a coincidence that the de ceased gentleman was born on the 13th and also died on the 13th and the figures of the year of his birth (1831) also make 13. The coffin was of polished oak and almost perfectly plain, the only ornament being a massive silver anchor — an emblem of his early life.


49.           1942 – McBRIDE, Keith M. (Sargeant/Pilot)

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 10 March 1942


Gave His Life For His Country

The news of the death on January 23rd, in North Africa, of Sgt. Pilot Keith M. McBride, was received here with deep regret and intense sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents, Senator P. A. and Mrs. McBride and family. Keith, who was born in 1918, was the second son of Senator P. A. and Mrs. McBride and a grandson of Mrs. and the late Mr. Albert McBride, also the late Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Crewes. When quite young he, with his parents, went to Yardea station to live where his early boy hood was spent. He was educated at Prince Alfred College where apart from scholarly attainments, he ranked high in inter-Collegiate sports and rowing. On the completion of his education , true to the McBride tradition, he took up grazing pursuits in the South-East He applied for enlistment in the R.A.A.F. early in 1940 and began his training at Somers, Victoria, he then went to Essendon and later to Wagga, where he received   his wings. He left Australia in June, 1941, and was stationed for a time in Egypt, Syria and subsequently Khartoum before going in to action. The deceased young airman was a fine type of man hood.


50.           1932 – McBRIDE, William James

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Wednesday 15 June 1932



The late Mr. W. J. McBride.

When William James McBride breathed his last at Aberdeen on June 3rd, there passed away one of those sterling, hard-working, practical men who helped to lay the foundations of South Australia, aye, and even of the Commonwealth as it exists to-day. In later years a false prosperity deceived us and maybe the superstructure has become top-heavy and the walls show signs of cracking, but that is no fault of those great hearted men who went out into the wilderness and fought and overcame the backblocks, developing in our arid areas Australia's great pastoral industry. In these days of motor cars and wireless the hardship and mono tony would be incomparable with those days of bullock wagons and isolation. The late Mr. McBride was one of those who faced and fought those old conditions and came out on top. He was the eldest son of that pioneer of pioneers, the late R. James Martin McBride who in the initial stages of land settlement, had possibly even more hardships and dangers to overcome than his eldest son. Anyone who reads the first of a series of articles by Mr. F. Treloar in this issue, will possibly gain some conception of what pioneering a station was like in the 'sixties' even so near to the seaboard as 'The Gums.' It has been said of the late Mr. Mc Bride that 'he did not take interest in public matters,' meaning presumably that he did not bring himself before the public. But the life work of such as he was of more importance to Australia than that of the combined efforts of many of our politicians. The deceased gentleman can be claimed as a Burra boy as he was born at Copperhouse in the December of 1855. He was later educated at Mr. C. R. White's school. His father then owned 'The Gums' station and from his early boyhood, in fact, until he had passed his 30th year, his life was spent at 'The Gums.' He being the eldest son of a large family, worked for his father and with his second brother, Robert, loyally assist ed their father through both good and bad seasons. When years later 'The Gums' station was cut up he bought the unresumed portion that was left, from his father, which he held for three years and then sold to Messrs Cockrum and Pearse. He next took up a block of country east of Burra known as the North Dam (now known as Kia Ora station and in possession of his youngest brother, Mr. Norman McBride), but owing to a run of bad seasons he had to leave this property. From thence he went to Mt Horrocks, a property he pur chased from his father and situated north of Redruth. Later when the Outalpa run (near Olary) was cut up he secured a portion known as Bulloo Creek and took into partnership his two youngest sons, Messrs Lindsay and Robert (Robin) McBride. Mr. McBride always maintained a keen interest in his properties and like his father was a man of grit and determination and although approaching his 80th year he frequently when visiting his Bulloo Creek property would leave the train at McDonnell's Hill siding and walk the 4½ miles, through sandy country, out to the station. He was noted for his sound judgment in regard to station properties and sheep and was not only acclaimed one of the best judges of weight and value, both of sheep and cattle, but also one of the best counters of stock in this district. He never at any time took an   active part in public affairs, his main interest being retained in his properties and the breeding of a very fine type of Merino sheep. The news of his illness, the result of an accident some months ago, which caused an injury to a lung, came as a surprise to his friends, as before that he appeared to be in robust health. Of a most reserved nature those who had dealings with him knew the strict integrity of his character and in consequence held him in the highest es teem. The widow, previously Miss Florence Stoddart of Woodside, and four sons and two daughters survive. They are : Messrs Cyril McBride (pastoralist) W.A.; Sidney, Perth, W.A.; Lindsay, Bulloo Creek, Olary, and Robert McBride, Mt. Horrocks, Burra; Mrs. Jude (Maisie), wife of Dr. Jude, Mildura, and Vera, Mrs. L. Hogan, of Sydney, also a number of grandchildren. His surviving bro thers are Messrs Robert M. McBride, of Toorak; Thomas McBride, Red cliffe station; and N. H. McBride, of Glenelg and his surviving sisters Mrs J. C. Sandland, Kooringa; Mrs. W. G. Hawkes, North Adelaide; Mrs. E. J. Keynes, Seacliff; Mrs. J. Boehme, Ucolta; and Mrs. Evans of Adelaide. The late Mr. Albert J. McBride who died in 1928 was a brother.


51.           1909 – HUNT, John Mitchell

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Wednesday 6 January 1909




We have to record this week the death of one of Burra’s oldest and most respected resi   dents in the person of Mr John Mitchell Hunt, which took place at his residence, the Paddock, Kooringa, on Thursday evening, Dec. 24, at the age of 83 years. The deceased arrived in the colony from the old country with his wife about 47 years ago, and came to Burra, where he worked at his trade, which was that of a bootmaker, and after some time he went to Adelaide as manager for Mr Peacock in the skin trade, and later returned to Burra, and lived here ever since. The deceased enjoyed very good health, though of course old age naturally made him weak ; his memory was good but his eyesight was failing. On Sunday, Dec 20, he was seized with an apopletic stroke, from which he never recovered, but lay unconscious in his bed for four days, taking but very little nourishment, and on the day named he passed peacefully away. He leaves one daughter— Mrs Walker (Uarana, N.S.W.), three sons — A J and E R (Burra), and Fred (Broken Hill), 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mrs Hunt pre-deceased her husband about three years ago. The funeral took place on Saturday, when a number of friends assembled at the graveside to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed. The Rev. H. L. Ebbs conducted the burial service.


52.           1914 – HUNT, Alfred John

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Wednesday 6 May 1914




Quite a gloom was cast over the town on Saturday morning when it became known that Mr. A. J. Hunt, of Kooringa, had died suddenly at his residence. Mr. Hunt had retired to bed as usual on Friday night, but did not sleep well. In fact he did not get to sleep at all until about 3 a.m. after which it was noticed he was breathing peculiarly. All attempts to rouse him proved futile and he passed away in his sleep, the cause it is supposed being failure of action of the heart. The de ceased came to Burra with his parents, when he was seven years of age. When his schooling was finished he had an inclination for the saddlery business and learnt his trade with a Mr. Dawson, then in business here. Later he started on his own account and by his diligence worked up a satisfactory trade. De   ceased was 58 years of age, and though he never played a prominent part in public life, he held office in the Oddfellow's Lodge right up to the time of his death. He was highly respected by all classes of the community, and the deepest sympathy is expressed on all sides at his demise. He was married, and leaves his wife and family of four sons:— Alfred (Port Lincoln), Fred and Clifford (Broken Hill), Rueben and Reece (Burra), and three daughters — May, Hilda and Jessie (Burra) to mourn their sad loss. The funeral took place on Monday, when a large number of relatives and friends paid their last tribute of respect to deceased. The Rev. Durnford officiated at the grave side, and Messrs. C. J. Pearce & Son carried out the funeral arrangements.


53.           1905 – HUNT, Margaret, nee


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Wednesday 20 September 1905



We have to record this week the death of a very old and highly respected resident in the person of the late Mrs. J. M. Hunt, which occurred early on Wednesday morning last. The deceased lady had been ill for some time, about 12 months ago having received a paralytic stroke, which left her practically speechless. From that time until her death she has been confined to her bed, and lately gave her relatives the greatest anxiety. The late Mrs. Hunt reached the ripe old age of 82 years, and had passed 57 years of that time in married life, the golden wedding having been celebrated seven years ago. The old couple were much attached to each other, and during her last days Mrs. Hunt was watched and nursed by her husband night and day although he himself was suffering from a severe cold, and eventually had to give up. He is 70 years of age and his sad loss caused him to collapse. Mrs. Hunt was a devout Christian, and a regular attendant at the services of St. Mary's Church when her health permitted ; though reaching such an advanced age she had a splendid memory, and her eye sight was also good. Until the attack mentioned Mrs. Hunt enjoyed fair health. The funeral took place on Friday after- noon, when, after a short service at the Church, her remains were interred in the Kooringa cemetery, the Rev. H. T. H. Wightwick officiating at the grave.




54.           1932 – PHILLIPS, Auguste Pauline, nee HEMPEL

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 27 July 1932



Mrs. Auguste P. Phillips who passed away at her home, World's End, on July 18th, was one of the most highly esteemed residents of the district. She was born at Ebenezer, near Stockwell, on April 29th, 1858, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Johann T. Hempel. In 1873 her parents removed to Robertstown and at the age of 29 years she married Mr. Robert Phillips, farmer and grazier, of World's End, where she resided until her death. Her husband predeceased her 12 years ago. Mrs. Phillips throughout her life was looked upon by neighbors and acquaintances as a true friend and her hospitality and kindness will not soon be forgotten by those privileged to know her. A family of six sons and three daughters survive. They are Mr. A. Phillips, Mt. Bryan; Messrs B. and J. Phillips, Morgan; N. Phillips, Lochiel; E. T. and C. Phillips, World's End; Miss M. Phillips, World's End; Mrs. E. Rooke, Hanson   and Mrs. F. Neindorf, Robertstown, also 14 grand-children. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Tuesday afternoon, 19th July, and was at tended by a large number of relatives and friends. The floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful, the casket and hearse being la den with lovely wreaths. The impressive service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Hoff (Luthe ran) of Emu Downs, assisted by the Rev. H. S. Jarvis (Methodist), Kooringa. At the conclusion the hymn 'Nearer by God to Thee,' was feelingly sung. The bearers were Messrs W. H. McWaters, J. Quinn, G. Rooke, C. Schmidt, C. H. Hentschke and F. J. Duldig.






55.           1952 – PHILLIPS, Charles Frederick

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 9 December 1952



Charles Frederick Phillips

Charles Frederick Phillips passed away 23rd November in an Adelaide Hospital at the age of 50 years. He was the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Robert Phillips, of World's End, and was educated at the World's End School and was also a regular attendant of the Methodist Church and Sunday School. In his younger days he took a keen interest in tennis. The deceased lived with his parents at World's End. His father predeceased him 33 years ago and the mother 20 years ago and then he lived with his sister Mrs Eugen Rooke until 11 years ago. He was taken to Adelaide for special treatment, but his health did not improve greatly. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Burra Cemetery. The Rev. Hobbs conducted the burial service and the bearers were Messrs T. McWaters, L. Mann, C. Bruce, M. Williams, B. Kotz, L. Hentschke. The funeral arrangements were carried out by C. J. Pearce & Son.


56.           1954 – PHILLIPS, Robert

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Tuesday 31 August 1954



On Wednesday last the death occurred of Mr R (Bob) Philips, at the Burra Hospital at the age of 71 years. Although his death came as a great shock to most people, he had not enjoyed the best of health for the past three years. Mr Phillips was born in the Worlds End district in 1883, and at an early age he and his brothers went 'East' where they pioneered some of the country North of Morgan. In 1912 Mr Phillips married a Miss Winter, from which marriage there were four children, Joyce (now Sister Phillips of an Adelaide Hospital); Keith (Eudunda); Rita, Mrs Johns (of Adelaide) and Lance predeceased him in 1948. Mr Phillips stayed in the Morgan area until 1919, when he acquired the property, Gandy's Range, now known as "Oakview'' at present owned by his son Keith. In 1927 Mr Phillips and his family went to live in Morgan, where he displayed a great interest in the civic af fairs of that town. He later acquired the property 'Studholme' where he lived from 1933 until the time of his death. Mr Phillips successfully ran a Merino Stud at Studholme, and prior to retiring from exhibiting his sheep at Shows around this district and along the River, he had annexed many cups, trophies and ribbons, including championships. The funeral took place at the Burra Cemetery on Fri day 27th August, when the Rev. R. Lenthall officiated at the graveside and at the Church prior to the funeral. Bearers were Messrs E. L. McWaters, A. G. Heinrich, T. O. Launer, Ben Kotz, F. Blott and W. F. Johns. The funeral arrangements were carried out by C. J. Pearce & Son, Funeral Di rectors, Burra.


57.           1911 – RUSH, Benjamin

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Wednesday 21 June 1911



We regret this week to have to, report the death of Mr B. Rush, of Mount Bryan, after a lengthy illness, at the age of 74 years. Deceased was a resident of that place for the past 38 or 40 years, where he carried on a wheelwright and blacksmith's business ; he was born in South Australia, just on the southern fringe in the early days, his parents having arrived about 75 years ago. The late Mr Rush resided some time at Gumeracha, where he commenced to work at his trade, and moving to Mt. Bryan in the busy days stuck to the place to the time or his death. He left several grown up children and widow.


58.           1943 – BAILEY, Mary, nee

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Tuesday 9 March 1943




The death is announced of Mrs. T. H. Bailey, relict of the late Mr. T. H. Bailey, which took place at her home 'Bayfield,' Hanson, on Sunday. The deceased lady who has   lived in the district practically the whole of her life was highly esteemed. She was 76 years of age. There are left to mourn their loss, two sons, Messrs Walter and Clem Bailey, and three daughters. Miss Ida Bailey, Mrs McRae-Wood (Olive), and Miss Eva Bailey; also grandchildren. The interment took place from St. Mary's Church, Burra, this morning (Tuesday), when the funeral arrangements were carried out by C. J. Pearce & Son.


59.           1930 – BAILEY, George

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Wednesday 22 January 1930



Mr. George Bailey of Leighton, died under very sad and tragic circumstances on Friday evening last, January 17th. He had that day brought sheep into the Burra market   and was riding home when he had a seizure and fell from his horse. The horse continued its homeward course and seeing it return a search was made and Mr. Bailey found lying dead on the road with a peaceful expression on his face and his whip still gasped in his hand. His demise was a tremendous shock to his wife and family as despite his age, 70 years, he was a very active man. A few days previously to his death a team he was driving bolted and it is thought that the exertion at his age in pulling them up must have been too strenuous and possibly hastened the seizure that caused his death. The deceased gentleman has been connected with farming all his life and noted for the high class horses and other stock he bred. He was a most successful farmer and his opinion on any   matter to do with farming carried weight. He was very highly esteemed particularly in business circles   being a man of strict integrity. The Bailey family have been connected with Gum Creek and that district for many many years and the late Mr. Bailey was the youngest son of the late Mr. John Bailey sen. Mr T. H. Bailey of Gum Creek, Hanson, is   now the only surviving brother as the eldest son, Mr. John Bailey died some years ago. Besides the widow (nee Miss Boyd) there is a grown up family. One surviving son, Mr. Wilfred Bailey, of Farrell's Flat, and five daughters : Mrs. C. Schultz, Mrs White. Mrs. T. Schultz, Hazel and Miss Greta Bailey and several grand children. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Sunday, when a long cortege (over 80 cars) followed the remains to their last resting place. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. S. W. Coles, and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.


60.           1891 – BAILEY, John

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Wednesday 11 November 1891



A Large Funeral.

We have to record the death of Mr. John Bailey, of Gum Creek, who died at his residence on November 4, at the age of 74 years, after an illness of five weeks. The deceased was a resident of Gum Creek for about 27 years, and was one of the first farmers who took up the land there, and carried on the occupation of farmer with success. Previous to going to Gum Creek deceased was resident of Mintaro and was much respected. He leaves five sons and one daughter, all married. He was father to Robt. Bailey, of Belalie ; John, Thomas, and Geo. Bailey, of Gum Creek : and Jas. Bailey, of Yongala. The funeral took place 0n Thursday afternoon and was one of the largest seen in Burra for many years. The cortege left Gum Creek at about half past twelve and arrived at St. Mary's Church at quarter to four where a short service was held. The Rev. J. Stuart Wayland, who came from Adelaide for the express purpose, officiated at the grave.


61.           1936 – BAILEY, Thomas Henry

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 18 February 1936



The death of Mr. Thomas Henry Bailey which occurred at the Burra Hospital on the 7th February after a short but severe illness removes one of the district's oldest and most progressive graziers and farmers. The   deceased gentleman was born at Min taro on the 9th November, 1857, his father having arrived from Somersetshire, England, early that year. The house where he was born is still standing about half a mile from the township. He was taken to Clare where he was registered and christened. When he was about ten years of age his father sold the small Mintaro holding and purchased land in the Gum Creek district and came there to reside, making a permanent home. The fine old residence then erected and later improved is now the home of his son, Mr. Clem Bailey. The low price of wheat to-day often brought back to Mr. Bailey the results of returns in those early days and many times he stated he delivered wheat to the Mintaro Mill at 1/7 per bushel. He also carted wool from Paratoo in the eighties and delivered goods by horse teams to Silverton for the then firm of Messrs Samuel Drew and Co., Burra, returning with ore to Terowie. Mr. Bailey later held land at Hawker, Paratoo and Yongala. He was the first man to use superphosphate and a drill in the district and the first year sowed 20 acres of experimental blocks on five different farms meeting with success. During that year he and his brother, George, also won the ploughing competitions, single and double plough. Although reaching his 78th year Mr. Bailey never lost interest in farming and was always keen to be in the forefront.. He also took a very live interest in district affairs and for many many years was a member of the Hanson District Council. He was well known in Burra and regularly visited the town weekly and often twice, in fact, was in the town only a few days prior to his death and highly esteemed by all with whom he came in contact. The Anglican Church of which he was a member has also lost a good supporter. He married on July 24th, 1888, Mary, the only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Blair of Leighton, who survives, also three daughters, Misses Ida and Eva Bailey and Mrs McRae Wood of Clare, two sons, Messrs Walter and Clem Bailey and seven grand sons. The interment took place from St. Mary's Church on Saturday where the pre-commital service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. D. L. Redding, who also officiated at the graveside. The cortege was a long one and comprised the leading residents from all parts of the district, also Burra.


62.           1926 – WILKS, Christina, nee STEWART

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 15 December 1926



Mrs. Christina Wilks, a highly respected resident of Mt. Bryan   East, passed away at Aberdeen, on November 29th. after a painful illness. Born on the 25th July at Old Tiers, near Adelaide, she was the third daughter of the late Alexander and Ann Stewart of the White Hart Hotel, Aberdeen. At the age of seven years with her parents she travelled through to the North-east by bullock dray camping for one night near Copperhouse the parents having to walk in to Kooringa for goods. Next day the journey was resumed to Munjibby, Meredy and Tuilkilkey stations where Mrs Wilks spent her happy girlhood days, and she could relate many amusing stories about the blacks and the king of the tribe in those early days. After leaving the north-east the Stewart family came to Burra and took over the White Hart Hotel. In 1877 Miss Stewart married Mr John Wilks, butcher of Saddleworth, and after living at Saddleworth and Manoora for seven years went to Mt. Bryan East where they made a permanent home. Mr Wilks died in 1921 and his widow carried on grazing until nine weeks before her death. She left five sons and one daughter Messrs. John, Benjamin, William, Edwin, Jenkin and Miss Lily Wilks, 12 grandchildren, also two sisters, Mrs J. G.Terry and Mrs B. A. Preece.


63.           1932 – WILKS, Elias

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 1 June 1932



The death of Mr. Elias Wilks, which occurred with painful suddenness at his daughter's, Mrs. S. Davis', home at Mannahill, on Friday night last, breaks another link with the past, as the deceased gentleman was born at Burra on March 7th,   1850. His parents resided in what was then termed Sunday Row (long since demolished) but was then situated near the old Smelts at the rear of where the residence of Mr. A. B. Riggs' now stands. Tradition has it that so great was the need of houses required for the smelters at this time that the Row was built on a Sunday by a large number of miners, others again say that the name was Sunder Row so named after the contractor. Mr. Wilks was educated at White's school and later at Stanton's Gram mar school. His parents afterwards went to Mt. Bryan East to live where they took up land now held by Mr. E. S. Wilks, his nephew. In 1878 Mr. Wilks married Miss Mary Ed wards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Edwards of Baldina, later of Kooringa. Their early married life was spent at Mt. Bryan East and on leaving Mr. Wilks came to Kooringa to reside. For many years he worked for the late J. M. McBride, dam contracting and sunk many of the large dams on pastoral properties on the East and North-eastern areas. Mr. Wilks in his early manhood was a great lover of horses and looked upon as one of the finest horsemen in the district, and later in life his advice as a vet. was frequently sought. Finding his outside life   somewhat strenuous Mr. Wilks decided to take on lighter work and received the appointment of Inspector for the Burra Corporation and for many years was a valued officer but since passing the 'age limit' was content to lead a retired life. He took no active part in public life but was vitally interested in any matter pertaining to the town or district's welfare. He was also a very old member of the Kooringa Masonic Lodge. His wife predeceased him in 1929 and at the time of her death Mr Wilks unfortunately was in hospital. Although 79 years of age at that time he made a wonderful recovery from a serious operation and from that time until his death his health was very good, likewise his mentality. By a quiet, courteous and kindliness of manner Mr. Wilks enjoyed the respect and confidence of all who came in contact with him. On May 21st he decided to go to Mannahill to spend the winter with his youngest daughter, Mrs. Sid. Davis, and left Kooringa in splendid health and spirits and remained so right up until he retired to rest on Friday night at 9 p.m. At 11.15 Mrs. Davis was called to her father's bedside and in half an hour he quietly passed away. Of a family of four, only two daughters survive, Edith (Mrs. Arthur A. Davey, of Kooringa), and Kate (Mrs:. S. R. Davis, of Mannahill) with whom in turn their father had resided since the death of Mrs. Wilks. There are nine grandchildren and one great grandson. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Sunday when the large and representative gathering present showed the high   esteem in which the late Mr. Wilks was held. The service was conducted by the Rev. H. S. Jarvis and the   funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son, Kooringa. The bearers comprised members of some of Kooringa's oldest families, viz., Messrs F. and E. J. Harris, J. Rose wall, Ralph Hill, W. March and W. Pearce.


64.           1945 – GEBHARDT, Frederick (“Casey”)

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 7 August 1945




When Mr. William Frederick "Casey" Gebhardt died at the Burra Hospital on July 25, a very well known resident of Burra passed away. He was born in Burra on August   11, 1863, and remained in this town all his life. He was educated at the Burra Primary School and on leaving that institution he started to learn the bakery business under the guidance of his father, the late Mr. F. Gebhardt, one of this town's old pioneers. Later he was taken in partnership with his father and when his father died he carried on for some years and then handed the business over to his two bro- thers, Messrs Alf and William Gebhardt — altogether this business was   carried on by the Gebhardt family for 65 years.

In his younger days he was a keen sportsman where hunting and coursing were concerned. About 25 years ago the small daughter of the late Mr. D. Pizzo fell down a well where Mr. Alf Gebhardt now resides. A rescue party was organised and the late Mr. Gebhardt volunteered to be lowered down the well by means of a clothes line. He remained at the bottom of the well whilst the little girl was hauled to the surface and then he was hauled up like- wise, but with difficulty. For his feat he was presented, in the Burra Institute, with a sovereign case, filled with sovereigns, as a token of the admiration of the towns- people.

He was twice married. On the first occasion he married a daughter of the late Mr. George Jordan, of Saddleworth, and there were   two children, Mr. Fred Gebhardt, of Adelaide, and Evelyn, Mrs. Pudney, of Adelaide. Afterwards he married a daughter of the late Mr James Wilton, of Adelaide, and there were seven children — Myrtle (Mrs. Timms, of Adelaide), Tilly (Mrs. Taymidices, of Sydney), Car- rie (Mrs. William Nankivell, of Burra), and Gladys (Mrs. O. Pearce. of Adelaide), Ivy (Mrs. Til- brook, of Clare) and Messrs Allan and Ken Gebhardt, of Burra. The nine children mentioned, seven grandchildren and Mrs. Gebhardt survive him, and two of his sons, Fred and Allan went to World War 1, and a third son, Ken, has but lately returned from the present war.

The funeral took place at Burra Cemetery, when Rev. H. Hobbs offi- ciated at the graveside. Bearers were Messrs W. Voumard, H. Brandt. J. Kemble and E. Wohling. The funeral arrangements were carried out by C. J. Pearce & Son, Funeral Directors, Burra.


65.           1900 – GEBHARDT, G.A.

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 21 March 1900



Mr. G. A. Gebhardt, who died on Friday was born in Duderstadt, Hanover, Germany, in the year 1833. He arrived in the colony by the ship Ohio in 1858, and shortly afterwards proceeded to Burra where be started a butchering business, which he carried on successfully for some years. Having considerable knowledge of stock, he directed his attention to the pastoral industry, and purchased the  Mount Cone property from the Crown, and shortly afterwards leased Pualka, where he sank the first dams in the neighbourhood. He otherwise improved the property, which he subsequently sold, and which is now known as a portion of the Paratoo Run. He next purchased Markaranko Station, a leasehold property on the River Murray, which he held for 19 years. Mr, Gebbardt was an indefatigable worker, and suffered great hardships in developing and improving this run, having to contend against bad seasons and vermin. On the expiry of the lease he relinquished the run, which is now cut up into smaller holdings.   Adding to Mount Cone, about 1871 Mr. Gebhardt purchased a portion of Mr. Lewis's estate, known as Wildotta, where he built his residence, Mackerode. There he lived for many years, until failing health compelled him to retire from active business when he removed to Glenelg, leaving the property to the management of his sons. Mr. Gebhardt imported some high-class Lincoln sheep from England, and worked up what was at one time the best flock of Lincolns in the colony, having taken numerous prizes in the Adelaide showyard, including champions. The whole flock was subsequently sold, and the run restocked with Merinos. Being recognised as a high authority on stock, he was for many years chosen to act as judge at various Shows. Only recently Mr. Gebhardt acquired the two estates, Pareora and Corryton Park. In 1875 be and his family took a twelve month's trip to his native land, and he was considerably benefited by the change and rest. Mr. Gebbardt was ever ready to assist in charitable objects, and it was his custom to do this in the most unostentatious manner. He has left a widow and family of seven children, three daughters and four sons, who are Messrs, Chas. E., L. W. and A. Gebhardt, of Mackerode and Corryton Park, and A. G. Gebbardt, of Pareora, Port Wakefield. There are also two brothers and sisters. Mr. Gebhardt had been since his residence in Adelaide a member of the Lutheran Church, Flinders-street.




66.           1943 – FIELD, W. Stanley

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 10 August 1943



Mr. W. S. FIELD.

The sad death of Mr. W. Stanley Field, which occurred on August 1st, at Burra Hospital, removed a well-known and highly esteemed resident. Born on February 10th, 1890, at Burra, he was the eldest son of Mrs. A. S. Field, of Prospect, and the late W. H. Field, and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R. Field, 'Monovea' one of the pioneer farmers of Burra district. Educated at Copperhouse School, he, on leaving, assisted his father at Westbury Farm. He afterwards took up land on his own. Still retaining his interests in farming properties he started a cafe and sweets business in premises next to the Savings Bank, which he held for 16 years, managed practically by his wife and son. On acquiring further farming prop- erty at Spring Bank he sold the   business.     Always interested and assisting in town activities and sport   he never took a leading part in the former, and bowls was the only sport he indulged in, being a keen player. He was a prominent Freemason and at the time of his death was the reigning Worshipful Master. He married on 21st November, 1917, May, the eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hunt, of Kooringa. Besides his widow, his son   Will, and two daughters, Mrs. Geo. Kellock and Miss Mary Field, there are two grand daughters left to mourn their loss. Also his mother, Mrs. A. S. Field, of Prospect, brothers, Mr. Jack Field, Leighton, Mr. Colin Field, Prospect, and two sisters. Mrs. Bert Finch, Burra, and Mrs. Reuben McBride, Tarmoola Station, WA. The funeral took place from St. Mary's Church on the 2nd August, when there was a large and representative attendance. The service was conducted by the Rev M. P. Cows and at the graveside. The casket was borne by Past Worshipful Masters of the Lodge, Bros. E. Finch E. L. Steer, P. J. Thomas, S. Pearce, W. H. Lloyd and J. Mitchell. Many beautiful floral tributes were received. The funeral arrangements were carried out by C. J. Pearce & Son. Funeral Directors, Burra.


67.           1905 – FIELD, Richard

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 21 June 1905



The Late Mr. R. Field.

We have to report this week the death of a very old and respected farmer in the person of Mr. Richard Field who died at his residence ' Monavea,' about four miles from Burra on Friday morning. The deceased had been unwell for many months, but serious results were not expected, as he was about the day previous, but during the evening a change took place in his condition, necessitating Mr. F. Field and his mother remaining up all night with him, and were present when he passed peacefully away at 4 a.m. Mr Field came to South Australia on November 15, 1855, in the ship ' Victoria Regia,' and went to live at what is now known as Islington ; twelve months later he came to Burra and worked for the h and A Copper Company. In 1859 be removed to Victoria, settling at Hamilton in the Western district, where he look up land, and worked it for four years ; at the end of 1863 he returned to Burra and resumed work for a time with the copper company, and subsequently in the mine. In 1868 he took up land in the hundred of Hanson, which is now known as ' Monavea,' where he has remained ever since. He had a succession of good seasons, and prepared for a rainy day. Be leaves five sons — G. A. (Gilberton), J. R., W. H., F. A. S. and A.W. (Burra) and one daughter (Mrs. Wyett, of Henley Beach road). Mrs Field is 77, and though she is bearing up as well as can be expected, she is very feeble. The old couple were exceedingly attached to each other. The funeral took place on Sunday, when it was one of the largest witnessed in the district for a very long time. The Rev. R C Yeoman officiated at the grave side, while the burial arrangements were under the supervision of Mr. T. W. Pearce.


68.           1934 – PREECE, Theresia Emily

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 11 April 1934



The death occurred at her home, Aberdeen, recently of a very old resident of Burra, in the person of Miss Theresia Emily Preece, at the age of 80 years, 78 of which with the except ion of a few years in Adelaide and Peterborough, she had spent in the old mining town. The deceased lady who was highly respected by a large circle of friends, arrived in S.A. with her parents on the Dutch sailing ship 'Theresia' in 1854, having been born on the voyage out and being christened after the boat, which also brought to our shores many colonists who later became prominent in political and business circles. Some few years prior to the family's arrival in the colony a sensational cop per find at the Burra had attracted people from all parts and the father decided to start business there as a blacksmith, which was successfully carried on by him for many years. The mode of conveyance between Adelaide and the new mining centre in those days was a bullock dray and in this Miss Preece, then a very young child, was conveyed with the family to their new home, the journey occupying seven days. The deceased attended the first Sunday school established in Aberdeen by her father. Although ten years beyond the allotted span her broadmindedness and bright intelligence endeared her especially to young people. She was a book lover and could still read her morning paper without the aid of glasses. Appeals in cases of distress never failed to gain sympathetic response and her sudden passing will be regretted by her many friends.


69.           1932 – TIVER, Mabel Jean (May), nee BENTLEY

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 7 September 1932



With great regret we announce the death of Mrs. Harry Tiver which occurred, with painful suddenness at her residence, Crystal Brook, on Tuesday afternoon, August 30th, at the age of 55 years. The cause of death being heart failure. The deceased lady who was born at Aberdeen, Burra, was the fifth daughter, Mabel, of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Bentley of Aberdeen and until her marriage to Mr. Harry Tiver of Aberdeen, in 1903, she resided in Ab erdeen. Apart from her interest in church and social matters the late Mrs. Tiver was then one of Aberdeen's leading tennis players. For some years now as a Government servant Mr. Tiver has had to make many moves and only eight months ago he was transferred from Gawler to Crystal Brook post office. Besides the bereaved widower she leaves three sons, also four brothers, Messrs Tom, Will, Harry and Jim Bent ley, the latter of Aberdeen and six sisters, Mesdames Cruickshanks, A. Wallis and H. Preece of Adelaide; Jas. Reed, Aberdeen, and Misses Tot and Alison Bentley of Redruth. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Thursday afternoon when the large attendance testified to the sympathy felt for the family in their great sorrow. The Rev. F. J. Barnes con ducted the services at the residence of her sister, Miss Bentley, and at the grave.




70.           1906 – STEWART, Harriet, nee PREECE

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 25 April 1906



Mrs Stewart, wife of Mr W A Stewart, and eldest daughter of the late Mr B Preece, died at Aberdeen, on Saturday evening. The deceased lady, who was 54 years of age, was born at Hereford, Herefordshire, England, and came to the State with her parents about 52 years ago, and has been associated with Burra during the major portion of that time. Older residents will remember Mr and Mrs Stewart as being connected with the White Hart Hotel at Aberdeen during the seventies, and later on with the Bon Accord Hotel, which was built by Mr Stewart's father. In 1882 Mr Stewart, in consequence of the ill-health of his wife, re moved to Port Victor where they resided for some years, but again returned to Burra to take over the Royal Exchange Hotel, which they conducted for some time. Their next removals were to Petersburg, Glenelg, Murray Bridge, and finally Beaconsfield (Victoria). Some six months since, Mrs Stewart was afflicted with a malady, from which there was little hope of recovery, and she decided to return to her people at Burra. Consulting Dr Brummitt in Adelaide en route an operation was decided upon, and was successfully per formed at the North Adelaide Private Hospital, hope being entertained that Mrs Stewart would regain a measure of health, but a fortnight ago it was evident that a recurrence of the trouble had taken place, and Mrs Stewart gradually sank, and quietly passed away at 7 o'clock on Saturday evening. The deceased leaves a husband and six children to mourn their loss — Mrs Jack Phelp, Mrs J Heithersay (of Petersburg), William Stewart (Hamley Bridge), Douglas Stewart (Riverton) and Miss Greta and Gordon (Beaconsfield, Victoria), together with two sisters and eight brothers. Although (during her long illness) Mrs Stewart had much suffering it was endured with the utmost fortitude. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, the services at the grave side being conducted by the Rev. R. C. Yeoman.


71.           1935 – STEWART, William Robert

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 10 July 1935



Mr. William Robert Stewart who died suddenly at Petherton, Mt. Bryan, on June 9th was the only con of the late Mr. William Stewart who was for many years a Master Mariner. Mr. Stewart was born at Goolwa on February 29th, 1876. When he was four years of age his father took up land at Erskins, near Orroroo where the family resided for many years. In consequence of several severe droughts it was decided to leave Erskine and a farm was secured at Petherton when that estate was sub divided. Mr. Stewart senior however died before leaving Erskine. Mr Stewart with his mother and youngest sister then removed to Petherton. In 1916 Mrs. Stewart and Miss Stewart left the farm to reside at Yongala, and Mr. Stewart was married to Miss Myrtle Wardle, of Mt. Bryan, in 1917. They lived on the farm until Mr. Stewart's death. He took a keen interest in farming matters and was an enthusiastic worker in connection with the Methodist Church, having been a member of the choirs of both Peak Vale and Mt. Bryan churches. His mother died in 1927. His wife survives. There was no family but three sisters are living, viz., Mesdames C. F. Symons, Balaklava; F. L. Ward, Yongala; and T. W. Thom as, Huddlestone. Another sister, Mrs. A. T. Symons, of Mannanarie, died five years ago.


72.           1907 – FORD, Joseph

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 23 October 1907



We have to record this week the somewhat sudden death of Mr. Joseph Ford of "Basin Farm," near Kooringa. The deceased was a very old resident of the town having lived here since 1859. He first worked as a miner in the Burra Mine and later went to the Summer Hill goldfields. Having returned he took up the country which he held up to the time of his death, which occurred on Thursday night. Mr. Ford was 84 years of age, and came from Redruth, Cornwall. The deceased was in his   usual health on Wednesday, though he complained of a slight cold, and felt so well that he remained up until 10 o'clock, but on the following night he had a fit of coughing, and eventually expired while be lay in bed. He leaves four sons — Samuel, John and Frank (Burra) and Elisha (Southwark); three daughters — Mrs. Symons (Broken Hill), Mrs. T. Rogers (Hanson), and Annie (at home). The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, when it was very largely attended by friends from all parts of the district.


73.           1941 – LOMMAN, Margaret Jane, nee FRADD

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 22 April 1941



A very old and esteemed resident of Copperhouse, Mrs Margaret Jane Lomman, passed away at her home on Saturday, 19th April. The eldest daughter 0f the late Mr. and Mrs. John Fradd, she was born at Stony Gap, near Burra in 1860, where she spent her early life, later going to Adelaide to reside. In 1882 she married Mr. Tom Lomman, of Paradise. She spent her early married life there and later they came to Princess Royal station where Mr. Lomman was employed as gardener for a number of years. Leaving the Royal they moved to Burra North for a time and later decided to go to Copperhouse about some 50 years ago, and at the time of her death was the oldest resi dent there. About nine years ago she broke the small bone in her hip and was unable to walk without the aid of a crutch. Her health gradually failed after the accident but she had wonderful eyesight to the last. Her husband predeceased her some years ago. There are eight children, Messrs William Lomman, Copperhouse; Al bert, of Burra North; Mrs. W. Kellaway, Copperhouse; John Lomman, Meadows; Mrs. W. Symons, Copper house; Mrs. Norman Ford, Burra; Mr. Harold Lomman, Pt. Elliott and Mrs. Hopkins, Eden; also 38 grand children and 12 great grandchildren Two brothers and one sister survive, Mr. John Fradd, of Smith field; Mr. William Fradd, Betaloo Valley, and Mrs. Edwards, of Adel aide. The funeral took place on Sun day afternoon at Kooringa, when the service was conducted by the Rev. N. Usher, and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


74.           1945 – THOMAS, Emily, nee PENS

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 27 March 1945



On Saturday, 18th March, Mrs. Emily Thomas (nee Emily Pens) aged 59 years passed away sudden ly at the Burra Hospital. Her husband, George Henry Thomas, predeceased her six months ago. Mrs. Thomas was born in Burra and she and her husband lived here most of the time. There were three daughters from the marriage namely Mrs. Loechel, of Mt. Gambier; Mrs. Claude Attril of Burra; and Mrs Stanley Kellaway, jun. deceased. The funeral took place at the Burra Cemetery on Monday and the bearers were Mr. D. Bruce and his son, Fred, Mr. w. Launer, Mr. Stan Irlam, Mr. Roy Bourman and Mr. T. H. Villis, a cousin to the late Mrs. Thomas. Rev. Barrett officiated at the graveside and the funeral arrangement were carried out by C. J. Pearce & Son, Funeral Directors, Burra.    


75.           1945 – COLLINS, Richard

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 27 March 1945




An old and highly esteemed former resident of this district in the person of Mr. Richard Collins passed away at Strathalbyn on 18th March.   The late Mr. Collins was born at Burra on 25th October, 1863. During his boyhood he attended the Stanley Grammar School at Water vale. During the years of its existence only three Burra boys attended this school and they did so all at the one and same time. They were the late Messrs Collins and C Bartholomaeus and Mr. Isaac Killicoat who still survives. Later Mr. Collins took up land at Mongolata and Mount Bryan and followed farming and pastoral pursuits. He married Miss Emily Hine of Gawler and there were three children: Mr. E. C. Collins, of Mt. Bryan; Mr. H.R. Collins, of Spalding and Mrs. Evans, of Pt Augusta His first wife predeceased him and later he married Miss Rosa Symons of Strathalbyn who survives him. In 1897 he applied for and was appointed Clerk of the old Mount Bryan District council and retained the position for 35 years. Also during this period he obtained the clerkship of the Hallett District Council and carried out his duties for that body for a period of 25 years. During his residence in the Mt. Bryan district he took an active in terest in all things pertaining to its welfare and was also sworn in as a Justice of the Peace. In 1922 he retired and went to reside in Brighton near Adelaide. Later he moved to Strathalbyn and lived there until his death. The funeral took place at Strathalbyn on Monday, 19th March.


76.           1905 – FORD, Thomas

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 12 April 1905



The late Mr. Thos. Ford.

News was received in Burra late on Wednesday evening that Mr Thomas Ford had been found dead on his bed at Oakbank, a distance of 120 miles from Burra. Mr Chas. Klaffus, who is engaged on the station, saw Mr Ford alive at about 6 o'clock on Tuesday evening, April 4 ; the deceased was then engaged filling in a post hole ; he seemed alright and did not complain of feeling unwell ; Klaffus went away and returned in about half an hour and noticed that Mr Ford had knocked off work after sticking the shovel that he had been using into the dirt. Klaffus never had his suspicions aroused, because he came to the conclusion that the deceased had knocked off to get his tea ; eventually Klaffus went to the hut and called to the deceased but received no answer ; he then went inside and to his surprise saw Mr Ford lying on the bed with one leg hanging over the side, his hat on his chest held by the left hand, while the right hand was placed under his head ; he presented the appearance of one who had laid down for a rest. Klaffus spoke to him but received no answer, and further investigation revealed the fact that Mr Ford was dead. Klaffus then despatched a young lad named Wilsdon to the residence of Mr Frank Ford, brother of the   deceased, some 40 miles distant, and then the latter sent to his brother Samuel, another 25 miles further on. Mr Frank Ford at once went to the scene and placed the body in a trap and started for Burra at -sundown on Wednesday evening, and reached here on Thursday evening at about 5.30. On arrival here it was considered advisable to place the body in the morgue at the Burra Hospital. The deceased was well and favourably known throughout the district, and the news of his sud den death was received with profound regret. He was of a jovial disposition, and was always ready and willing to do a good turn to his fellow man. Many can speak of his kindly acts, on the road, and also at his station, and travellers could always rest assured of being treated well in his hands. Only recently Mr Ford disposed of his station to Mr. J Tennant, and left Burra a week before death look place to muster the cattle and wind up the affairs on the station. To assist him in doing this he had sent up to his order a load of chaff and general supplies to last him during his sojourn there. It was his intention to have a well-earned rest on the completion of the transaction, because he had not enjoyed the best of health during the past few months, having suffered from his heart. The funeral took place on Friday morning, when the remains of the deceased gentleman were interred in the Kooringa cemetery. The greatest regret is expressed for Mrs Ford and family. The late Mr Thos. Ford was the second son of Mr. Joe Ford, his brothers being Samuel, living at the Lagoon, Frank, of Burra, and John, of Blackwater Hole, Elisha of Hind   marsh, and three sisters Mrs W Symons, of Broken Hill, Mrs Thos Rogers, of Burra, and Miss Ford at home. He leaves a wife, one son and one daughter (Mrs H W Tiver, Aberdeen).


77.           1948 – NANKIVELL, Alfred Andrew

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 7 December 1948



Mr Alfred Andrew Nankivell, a member of one of the original Burra families, passed away at the Burra Hospital on Wednesday, 1st December, after six years illness. The late Mr Nankivell was born at Burra on 19th January, 1876. He was educated at the Burra Primary School and then worked in this district as a farmer, etc, until his marriage to Mary Ellen Irlam at the age of 25 years. He and   his wife then went to reside at Broken Hill where Mr Nankivell worked in the mines for about turned to Burra where he was employed by the late Mr McBride on the station known as 'Faraway Hill.' Later he occupied himself as a fencing contractor and still later purchased a team of horses and carried on the business of   wool-carter and such in season in the country East of Burra. Later he purchased a dam sinking plant and sunk quite a number of the larger dams which are to be found on the stations Balah, Murkaby, Woolgangi, etc. He sold his plant in the middle 20's and started a piggery. This he carried on for several years and then occupied himself at his home in Chapel Street, Burra, until 1942 when his eyes failed him. Right until the time of his death he never regained his sight. He leaves to mourn his loss, a widow and three sons, Messrs W. A. Nankivell and Walter H. Nan kivell (Burra) and Edward (Adelaide). There are three grand children. The funeral took place at Burra Cemetery on Thursday when Messrs W. G. Terry, W. Carpenter, A. Best, A. Gebhardt, A. Bown and P. W. Hogan were the bearers. As the late Mr Nankivell was an Oddfellow, members of the Burra Branch of the Oddfellows' Lodge were also in attendance. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.



78.           1938 – GILLETT, Gilbert

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 3 May 1938



Mr Gilbert Gillett.

Great regret is expressed at the death of Mr Gilbert Gillett, which occurred at his residence, Kooringa, on Sunday afternoon after a severe illness. The late Mr Gillett who was in his thirty-fourth year, is the only son and child of Mrs and the late Mr Will Gillett. He was married about 13 months ago and intense sympathy is felt for the young widow and bereaved mother and relatives.

79.           1938 – KURTZER, Bertha nee MADER

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 3 May 1938

Mrs Bertha Kurtzer. Mrs Bertha Kurtzer, who passed away on the 19th April, at her residence, Aberdeen, Burra, was the second daughter of the late August and Anna Mader, of Bundey, and later of Robertstown. In 1903 she she married Mr William Kurtzer, of Robertstown, who predeceased her by eight years. She had endeared herself to many friends, all of whom learned with deep regret of her serious illness and death at the early age of 59 years. She leaves two daughters, Mrs Emma Liebeknecht, of Kooringa, Mrs Ben Parker ,of Aberdeen; two step daughters, Mrs Edwin Schutz ,of Point Pass, and Mrs Julius Schutz of Hampden; three sons-in-law, and 20 grandchildren, also four sisters five brothers to mourn their sad loss. The funeral which took place at Kooringa was carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son, with Rev. J. P. H. Tilbrook officiating at the home and the graveside.


80.           1939 – GILLETT, Louisa, nee BOURMAN

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 17 October 1939



Mrs. William Gillett.

The death occurred on Friday last at Adelaide of Mrs. William Gillett, a late resident of Burra. The deceased lady who was born at Kooringa, was the eldest surviving daughter, Louisa, of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bourman, old and esteemed Burra residents. She was educated here and after leaving school lived with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, of Thames St., Kooringa, She later was married to Mr. W. Gillett, and for a time resided in Burra. Her husband predeceased her about 25 years ago. There was one son of the marriage, Mr. Gilbert Gillett, who died at Kooringa on May 1st, 1938, at the age of 33 years. The late Mrs. Gillett who, prior to her death, resided in Adelaide, has not enjoyed good health for a number of years. She leaves three sisters, Mesdames W. A. Gebhardt and T. Gregor, of Kooringa, and Mrs W. Prior of Adelaide, and five brothers, Messrs Jack Bourman, of W.A,, Will, of Sydney; Ben, Adelaide; Walter, Kooringa; and Alfred Bourman, of Broken Hill. Her remains were privately interred in the Kooringa cemetery on Saturday afternoon, when the service was conducted by the Rev. C. Gray.

81.           1914 – GILLET, William Thomas

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Wednesday 18 November 1914




On Monday morning abont 2 a.m. the death occurred of a well-known and res pected resident of Burra, Mr W. T. Gillett at the early age of 44 years. Mr Gillett went to Broken Hill last Thursday week, although not feeling too well at the time, and becoming worse he returned on the following Tuesday. At the time he appeared to be suffering from influenza but this developed into pneumonia and pleurisy to which he succumbed as related on Monday morning. The late Mr Gillett was a native of this district and for many years carried on business as a farmer and was most successful in his avocation. Just before the dry weather he sold his farm at Leighton and had determined to reside in Burra, and his house was actually in course of erection when he died. His death came as a shock to many friends for he was much liked by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss.   Amongst his relatives are three brothers, two in Cockburn, and one, Mr Walter Gillett in Burra. Also four sisters, Mrs T. Turner, of Hampton ; Mrs E. J. Harris, Kooringa ; Mrs James Pearce, Bordertown; Mrs Jeffrey, Sydney. The remains were interred in the Kooringa  cemetery yesterday when the Rev. S. J. Bloyd read the service. Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son had charge of the mortuary arrangements.


82.           1947 – GILLETT, Walter Bendell

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Tuesday 4 February 1947


Death of Mr W.B. Gillett

The death of a well-known district identity in the person of Mr Walter Bendell Gillett, occurred at the Burra Hospital on Tuesday, 21st January. The late Mr Gillett   had attained the age of 81 years. He was born at Hill River in 1886   and in his youth came to reside at Gum Creek with his parents, where the family took up land and commenced farming on the property known as 'Manilla.' Mr Gillett resided on this property until his last illness. In his early days he also per- formed the duties of a carrier in the far-North where he was well known. In partnership with his late brother, he carried out many wool-carting contracts with the aid of bullock and horse teams. On June 20, 1906, he married Miss Gertrude Wise, fourth daughter of the late Mr and Mrs J. Wise. Mr Gillett leaves to mourn his loss, a widow, one son, three daughters and ten grandchildren. The funeral took place at the Burra Cemetery on 22nd January, when the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


83.           1948 – GILLETT, Violet Alma, nee

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Tuesday 20 January 1948



The late Mrs R. J. Gillett, of Hanson, was the eldest daughter (Violet Alma) of Mr and Mrs E. B. ??nson of Farrell Flat, and was born at Terowie on 23rd January, 1910. In 1911 with her parents she moved to Farrell Flat where she lived until her marriage with Raymond John Gillett in October 1936. After marriage she accompanied her husband in his farming pursuits at Hanson. She was educated at Black Springs Public School and later at the Methodist Ladies College. The deceased was a member of the Church of England and her religious activities were generously extended to Sunday School work; as a teacher in the Glendore Methodist and Hanson Methodist Sunday Schools her influence was far reaching, possessing a kind and loving disposition. Her unselfish devotion and service to her home and friends reflected person al qualities which endeared her to so many. The deceased was 37 years of age and leaves a bereaved husband and three young sons — Geoffrey, Robert and Neill with many relatives and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss.



84.           1937 – TURNER, Thomas

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Tuesday 16 February 1937



Mr Thomas Turner, one of our oldest and most esteemed townsmen, who passed away on 7th February, was born in this district over 78 years ago. A son of the late Mr and Mrs Joshua Turner he was born at Mt. Bryan on August 23rd 1858. He received his education at Mr White's School, Kooringa. On leaving school he worked for a time on the Burra Copper Mine. Leaving there he went to Mt. Gipps station, the other side of Broken Hill, in fact was at Mt. Gipps before Broken Hill was discovered. After the discovery of silver at the latter place he took up carting as the railway then did not go further than Terowie. Giving up the carting he entered the employ of Dr Brummitt which position he held for many years. After Dr Brummitt left Burra, Mr Turner took up dam-sinking on the country east and north east of Burra, but for the last 37 years he has been engaged in droving with Burra as his centre. Al though in his 79th year he was active to the last and in conjunction with his son, Mr Cliff Turner, in their business of droving covered a large part of the State and held in the highest esteem by the Stock & Station Agents or pastoralists by whom they were engaged. Apart from his avocation in life Mr Turner took a live interest in matters and was an enthusiastic member of the Burra Burra Show Society, and a most successful exhibitor. He was fond of a good horse or sheep to gand his well known figure (and) will be missed at the annual Sheep Dog Trials at which he with his son never failed to have entries. He was in the latter respect keenly interested and a thorough sport. He was also one of the oldest members of the Ancient Order of Foresters. He married in 1886, Miss Mahomie Gillett, eldest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs G. B. Gillett, of. Manila Farm, Gum Creek, near Burra, who predeceased him about two years ago. Of a family of four, two survive, Mr Clifford Turner and Miss Hilda Turn- er, both of Aberdeen. One child died in infancy and Miss Ethel Turner 25 years ago. Mrs W. Williams of Kooringa is a sister. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Monday the 8th February when the service was conducted by the Rev. D. L. Redding and the bear ers were Messrs Max Pearce, M. S. Edwards, E. J. Davey, J. Allen, J. Allen jun., H. Hill. Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son car ried out the funeral arrangements.


85.           1935 – TURNER, Mahonie, nee GILLETT

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Wednesday 26 June 1935


The death of Mrs. Thomas Turner which occurred at her residence on Wednesday last, June 19th, came as a shock to her many friends, many of whom were unaware of her illness. The deceased lady who was well known and highly esteemed was the eldest daughter, Mahomie, of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gillett of Manila Farm, near Burra. Besides the bereaved husband she leaves one son, Mr. Cliff Turner and one surviving daughter. Miss Hilda Turner. Mrs. E. J. Harris of Kooringa, is a sister and Mr. W. B. Gillett who resides in the old home, Manila Farm, is a brother. Mrs. June Pearce of Adelaide, is another sister. The funeral took place on Thursday and was largely attended. The service was conducted by the Rev. D. L. Redding and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.


86.           1935 – LAUNDER, Caroline, formerly BURT, nee WELLS

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 26 June 1935



Mrs. Caroline Launder who passed away at Sunset Lodge, Adelaide, on June 19th, was a late highly esteemed resident of Kooringa. Born at Redruth, Cornwall, in 1838, she was consequently 97 years of age. As Miss Caroline Wells she married Mr. Burt and on his death in 1872 she with her only son, George, came to South Australia. In the same year she married Mr. James Launder and the couple came direct to Burra. Their first home was in Paxton Square and later Mr. Launder built a home in lower Bridge Terrace where they resided until Mr. Launder's death. In 1921 she left Burra to reside with friends in the city later making her home at Sunset Lodge near Mitcham,   where she remained until her death. For her age, despite extreme weakness, her mentality was wonderful and many Burra folk when in the city visited this fine venerable old lady. Her son predeceased her some years ago and at the funeral which took place at Kooringa on Thursday morning three grandchildren were present, namely Messrs Reg. Burt of Broad view, Adelaide; Mr. Les. Burt, of Nailsworth and (Lily) Mrs. J. F. Scott of Reade Park. Mrs. Burt's youngest daughter, Stella, Mrs. S. Tressida, resides in Melbourne. There are six great grandchildren. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. G. C. Hutchinson of Kooringa.


87.           1935 – SATCHELL, Amelia, nee

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Wednesday 26 June 1935


Mrs. W. E. Satchell, a highly respected resident of World's End, passed away at the Burra Hospital on Friday, the 21st, following an attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Satchell was 79 years of age and great sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and family. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Sunday afternoon when the service was conducted by the Rev. G. C. Hutchinson and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.


88.           1944 – HARRIS, Emma, nee

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Tuesday 22 August 1944




Mrs Edwin J. Harris who died at a private hospital in Glenelg on Wednesday, was the wife of Mr E J. Harris. a well-known Burra personality. Mr and Mrs Harris resided in this town for very many years until they retired to the City about seven years ago. The late Mrs. Harris was the second daughter of the late Mr and Mrs George Gillett, and was born in Burra. She had not been in good health for a long time but remained bright and   cheerful until her end. Mrs. Harris was keenly interested with many of the activities of this town when she was resid ing here and was a member of the Lily of the Valley Tent of the Rechabite Lodge for 61 years. She leaves behind to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband and three daughters, Amy (Mrs Clarke) ; Miss Thelma Harris and Dorothy (Mrs J. Murison). There are also three grand children — Lieut. Barrie Clarke (AIF), Bill Murison (RAAF) and Miss Heather Murison. Mr Walter Gillett, of Burra, is a brother and Mrs James Pearce once of Burra North, and now Maylands, and Flor ence, Sydney, are sisters. The funeral took place at North Brighton Cemetery when many beautiful wreaths were received from friends.


89.           1936 – BOURMAN, Louisa, nee WILLIAMS

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 26 May 1936



Mrs Louisa Bourman, a very old resident of Burra, passed away on Thursday last at the residence of her   youngest daughter, Mrs W. Pryor, of Black Forest, and the interment took place at Kooringa on Friday after noon. The deceased lady was born in Hindley St., Adelaide, on June 30, 1840, and had therefore been a colonist of nearly 96 years. She was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Williams and on the death of her father, her mother married a Mr Clark and the couple resided for many years in Thames St. Kooringa, their home, since demolished, being where the Burra Croquet Club green now is. The family came to Burra in the early days and as until the last few years, Mrs Bourman had spent practically all her life in Burra, Burra could claim the distinction (until last week) of possessing not only the oldest sur viving South Australian born man in Mr Sam Baker, but the oldest South Australian born woman in Mrs Bourman. After her marriage to Mr Fred Bourman, they resided in Thames St. Kooringa, where her large family of eleven children were born. Her hus band predeceased her 33 years ago. Throughout her life she although of slight build, was a bright, energetic woman and frequently was heard to say that she owed her splendid health to the fact that she could find employment for every hour of the day. A few years after her children had all married and settled down her youngest daughter prevailed upon her mother to come to Adelaide and re side with her and unlike other elder ly folk the bustle of the city appealed to her and whenever she paid visits to her old home town, appeared always glad to return again to the city. Naturally with her increasing years she became frail but her mentality and eyesight were marvellous and she took a keen interest in her family and grandchildren. During her residence in Kooringa she was an attendant and member of St. Mary's Church, Kooringa. Of her family nine children survive, two grown up daughters, Mary and Minnie having predeceased their mother. The surviving members of the family are Mrs Will Gillett, of Magill; Messrs John Bourman of W. A., William of Sydney; Benjamin and Walter Bourman and Mrs W. A. Gebhardt, and Mrs T. Gregor, all of Kooringa; Mrs W. Pryor, Black Forest; Mr Alf Bourman of Broken Hill.. There are a number of grandchildren and great-grand-children. The funeral took place from the residence of Mrs Gebhardt and the service at the house and the grave side was conducted by Captain Smith of the Salvation Army, Adelaide, assisted by the local Corp Officers.   She was carried to her last resting place by four of her grandsons, Messrs Roy Bourman, Gilbert Gillett, Fred Gregor, and Les. Bourman.


90.           1890 – McCULLOCH, Alexander

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 21 October 1890




As we mentioned in our last issue the death has taken place of Mr. A. McCulloch of the Princess Royal. The deceased gentlemen died at Glenelg on Wednesday last at the age of 80 years, and was interred in the Kooringa cemetery on Saturday last. Mr. McCulloch was well known and respected in this district, he, in his early days, having done some very charitable work, the remembrance of which many residents have not yet forgotten. The following interesting account of his life in the colonies has been supplied to the Adelaide press,   and has been sent to us for reproduction : — " Mr. McCulloch came to South Australia in the Oriana in the year 1836, amongst his fellow-passengers being Messrs. J. Reed, Stephen King, Stubbs and Henry Dundas Murray. Soon after arrival here he bought 200 sheep from Mr. Dundas Murray, to whom he acted as shepherd, the two flocks being depastured together. The first run that he took up was on the Gilbert, where he pur chased land. Soon after he took up Gottlieb's Well, near the present township of Terowie, purchasing the properly from Mr. James Logan. This run was ultimately extended to Nackara, and it will be interesting to state that the Gottlieb's Well station was renowned far and wide for its unbounded hospitality. In fact, Mr. McCulloch insisted on entertaining travellers, and made everyone feel at home in a district which was then known as the Far North. Sometimes he had as many as twenty people staying at his head station, and   his visitors always regarded him as a capital host. In 1865 he took up the Princess Royal run, near Burra. This was soon after the Burra special survey had been made, and since then, until about a year ago, Mr. McCulloch resided there. He had a residence at Glenelg where he spent the summer months, and where for the last year he had spent all his time. In 1870 Mr. McCulloch bought Yongala Station. He was of a very retiring disposition, and the only public position that he took was in the House of Assembly, where he repre- sented the district of Burra in 1866. His son-in-law (now Mr. Justice Boucaut) was in Ministerial office at that time, and on his defeat in the district of East Adelaide Mr. McCulloch retired in favour of his election for the Burra. The deceased gentleman was physically strong, hale, and hearty, and he lived to the good old age of eighty-one. He was held in universal respect amongst those who knew him, and the working men ever regarded him as one of the best masters in the North. He was very liberal to the Church of England at Burra, and he was always ready to dispense charity where it was needed. He was accustomed to give cheer to the poor at every Christmastide, and his liberality was always extended in a most unostentatious manner, for he was a large-hearted and generous man. For the last year his health had been felling and a second attack of asthma proved fatal to him. He leaves two sons — Mr. Duncan McCulloch, who is now on his way to Adelaide from London, and Mr. Aleck McCulloch, and three daughters, Mrs. J. P. Boucaut, Mrs. Fielder King, and Miss McCulloch. His son John died about three years ago. Mr. McCulloch also leaves a number of grandchildren.


91.           1931 – McCULLOCH, Alexander

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Wednesday 16 December 1931



The funeral of Mr. Alex McCulloch whose death occurred in Adelaide on the 11th December, took place at Kooringa on Saturday afternoon. A service was first held at St. Mary's Church, Kooringa, and later at the grave, the Rev. J. S. W. Coles officiating at both. The deceased gentle man who was 85 years of age, owned at one time the Princess Royal station south of Burra.        


92.           1929 – MORGAN, Edwin Henry

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 26 June 1929



With regret we announce the death of a late well-known and highly esteemed resident and sheep farmer of this district, Mr. Edwin Henry Morgan, which occurred at the Private Hospital, North Adelaide, on June 20th. Born at Burra on the 17th October, 1885, he was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan of Thistle Beds, near Burra. He spent his early life there and was educated at the Douglas school. On leaving school he went to work at the Princess Royal station then owned by Mr. Alex McCulloch. On leaving there he went to White Cliffs and from thence joined his brothers who were engaged in dam-sinking north of Broken Hill. In 1907 he entered in to partnership with his brothers who were known as Morgan Bros, which they carried on for 20 years, owning Morgan Vale station. During that period he served three years on active service with the 3rd Light Horse in Egypt and it was through illnesses, contracted during that period that was the primary cause of his death. Two years ago the brothers dissolved partnership and disposed of Morgan Vale and the deceased went to Aldgate to reside. He was also a member of the Rechabite Lodge for a number of years. He was married on December 22nd last to E. Gertrude Robertson, daughter of the late T. F. Robertson of Aberdeen. Six weeks ago he was taken seriously ill and removed to North Adelaide and despite the best medical care and attention passed away. Besides a young widow he leaves six sisters and four brothers to mourn their great loss, viz., Mrs. W. Byles, Aber deen; Mesdames D. E. Williams: H. R. Motherall, and H. A. Byles of Kooringa; Mrs. W. H. McWaters, World's End; and Mrs. W. Morgan, Quorn, Mr. J. Morgan, Broken Hill; Mr. H. Morgan, Aberdeen; Mr. Will Morgan, Adelaide and Mr. G. B. Morgan, Mongolata. The remains were brought to Kooringa on Saturday morning per motor hearse and the funeral took place from his sister's, Mrs. Mother all's home on Saturday afternoon. The service was conducted by the Rev. E. Lawson and the Lodge service read by Bro. C. J. Pearce.


93.           1909 – SANDLAND, John Chesters

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 15 December 1909



The Late Mr. J. C. Sandland

We have to record this week the death of one of the oldest and most respected residents in the Burra district in the parson of Mr John C Sandland, death having taken place early on Sunday morning last, at Koonawarra, some three miles north of the Burra railway-station. The deceased, apparently enjoyed good health as a rule, but occasionally, especially lately, complained at times of feeling unwell, but he did not think seriously of the matter. Just after the recent shearing at Koonawarra he proceeded to Nackara to supervise the shear- ing there, but he felt so ill that be had to return to Burra much sooner than first intended. On arrival here he was under the impression that he had contracted a severe cold, and that it would wear off soon. However, instead of getting better the deceased became worse, and medical assistance was brought in. Our late   townsman was examined, and advised to take complete rest and a course of treatment, and at times he seemed a little better. Still, there was an internal complaint troubling him which caused excruciating pain, and the patient had to keep to his bed, and at last his position became serious, and after the local doctors diagnosed the case carefully they came to the conclusion that an operation would be necessary to get at the seat of the whole trouble, but doubted whether the patient would be strong enough to withstand the strain, and eventually Dr Poulton, of Adelaide, was summoned, and a partial operation performed on Thursday; it was then discovered that there was not the slightest hope of recovery, and the patient lingered on until the time stated. The deceased was the son of the late Mr John Sandland, of Woodlands, Lyndoch, and was born in Shropshire, England, in 1845, and arrived in S.A. with his parents when only two years old, so that his identity with the Burra district runs back many years, and during the whole of his life be walked in the path of uprightness, straightforwardness, and conscientiously did what he believed to be right. He was connected with the Burra District Council for upwards of 25 years ; in fact, from the day that he was elected up to the time of his death he was a councillor, and for 15 years held the position of chairman, and did all in his power to promote the interests of that body, and his colleagues admit that the place of J. C. Sandland will be exceedingly hard to fill.

He was a pillar of St Mary's Church, and   never failed to do whatever was possible for him to do both in the Sunday-school and the church. He filled almost every office, and his advice on all church matters was eagerly sought after. He had the oversight of the building of the new rectory at Redruth, and was on the building committee of the church when it was built, and gave his time ungrudgingly to anything that he undertook. For several years he had charge of the Koonoona Station, and subsequently be took up the property where he died, and became acquainted with the most prominent sheep owners in the State, and as a judge of Merino sheep he scarcely had a rival, and though he did not exhibit at the recent Burra show he was paving the way for next year, and had already selected young sheep for competition. The funeral look place on Monday afternoon, and was one of the largest seen in the town for many years, representatives from various parts of the State being present. The Rev. H. L. Ebbs conducted the burial service.


94.           1942 – TERRY, William

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Tuesday 23 June 1942




Genuine regret was expressed when the death was announced of one of our most esteemed towns men, Mr. William Terry, on Wednesday morning last, after an illness of some weeks. The late Mr. Terry who was born at Bimbowlie station on the 15th November, 1877, was the fourth son of the late William and Mary Terry. The family later resided at Copper house where Mr Terry received his schooling. After leaving school he worked for the late Mr. John Nickles, Mr. Tom Rogers and Mr. Jim Thomas. He then went to New South Wales and worked on Sturt Meadows and Langawirra stations. After this he was employed in Broken Hill Mines until he returned to Burra in 1910. He was then engaged by Mr. L. J. Warnes as overseer at Sturt Vale station a position he held for about ten years. From thence he was employed by Messrs Gallagher Bros at Quondong station for about five years. He then, soon after Mongolata opened up, worked on the gold mines until his health forced him to give up hard manual work. Not wishing to retire Mr. Terry, five years ago, became licensee of the Burra Billiard Saloon, which position he held until his death. His almost life long residence in the outback areas prohibited him from taking part in sport, although all types had his support and interest. By his quiet, kindly unassuming manner., he made many friends who sincerely regret his early death. He Married Miss Edith Rose Primer at Broken Hill on the 24th April, 1899 who survives, also three sons, Mr. W. George Terry, and Mr Jack Terry, of Burra, and Mr. Tom Terry, of Whyalla. There are three grandchildren. The funeral took place on Thurs day afternoon, when the service was conducted by the Rev. Father Dr. M. F. Toal and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son. The casket was carried to its last resting place by Messrs Geo Herbert, J. T. Pascoe, W. R. Blott, E. C. Baulderstone, K. M. Murphy, and P. J. Byrne.


95.           1942 – GENDERS, Millicent Roslyn, nee DAVIDSON

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 20 October 1942




Heartfelt sympathy for the bereaved and deep regret expressed at the death of Mrs. S. C. Genders which occurred at the Burra Hospital on Friday evening last, after a comparatively short illness. The deceased lady who was the wife of Mr. S. C. Genders, manager of the local branch of the National Bank, was well and favourably known. Of a bright personality she entered freely into not only the social life of the town, but was a useful citizen. The Burra Red Cross, the F. F.C.F. Unit 109, of which she was vice-president, also the Re turned Soldiers' Wives and Relatives Units have lost a live and conscientious member. Mrs Genders was also President of St. Mary's Soldiers' Social Recreation Club, a devoted member and supporter of St. Mary's Church and will be greatly missed. Besides her husband she leaves four children, Miss Phoebe Genders, Mr. David Genders and little Patty and Robin. Her mother, Mrs. Davidson, has been a private patient in the Burra Hospital for about four years, for whom deep sympathy is expressed. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon when the ser vices both at St. Mary's Church and at the graveside were con ducted by the Rev. M. P. Cowle, Rector. The casket was borne to its last resting place by four re turned soldiers, Messrs M. T. Fuller, Cyril Collins, A. Tennant and A. L. Bence. Mr. Genders is President of the Burra Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. The cortege was lengthy and the attendance comprised residents from not only the town but district. All public bodies and patriotic units were represented and -many beautiful floral tributes were received.   The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son, of Burra.


96.           1942 – TIVER, Amelia Edith, nee

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 20 October 1942



Mrs. Roy Jeffery, of Burra North, suffered a bereavement on Friday night last when her mother, Mrs. E. Thomas Tiver, of Glenelg, passed away. Mrs. Tiver, who has been ill for a long period, was with her husband, late well-known and highly esteemed residents of Burra North, where their family of nine children were born, seven of whom survive. Great sympathy is expressed for the bereaved husband and family.


97.           1942 – WOOLLACOTT, William John


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 20 October 1942



After a long illness borne with intense fortitude, Mr. W. J. Woollacott, of Hanson, passed away at the Burra Hospital on Wednesday night last. Born at Burra North on 22nd November, 1879, he was the eldest member of a family of 13, and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Woollacott. Educated at the Burra School, he, on leaving, first assisted his father but later took up farming and continued on the land until failing health compelled his retirement. He spent all his life in Burra and district but owing to indifferent health the late Mr. Woollacott never took up any public duties. He was closely connected with the Methodist Church all his life as a member and was a most acceptable local preacher and held office in the Church both at Redruth and Hanson and ever willing at all times to do what he could for his church and the district in which he re sided. On 28th July, 1915, he married Miss Mabella Duke, only child of the late Mr. and Mrs Duke, of Hanson, who survives, also three children, Dorothy, Mrs. Claude White, Porter's Lagoon; Miss Melva Wollacott of the Education Department Hd. of Whyte, and Mr. William Woollacott, of Whyalla; six brothers, Messrs T. H. and Stan Woollacott, Burra North; Rev   E. H. Woollacott, Messrs Arthur and Joe Woollacott, Adelaide; Rodney of Essendon Grammar School, Vic., and one surviving sister, Bessie, Mrs. Arthur P Harris, Hawthorn. S.A. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Manchester Unity for many   years. The interment took place on Friday afternoon when the casket was borne to its last resting place by Messrs W. H. Lloyd W. H. Gare, A. L. Clode, Joseph Phillips, P. W. Hogan and E W. Dunhill. The service conducted by the Rev H. K. Bartlett, was attended by a large and representative gathering. A sad feature was the fact that his devoted wife at the time of his demise was and still is an inmate of the Burra Hospital The hearse and casket were covered with many beautiful floral tributes. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son, of Burra.


98.           1938 – DOHERTY, Ellen, nee COUSINS

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Tuesday 29 November 1938



Mrs J. Doherty, Gum Creek.    

The death of Mrs J. Doherty, of Gum Creek, which occurred with tragic suddenness at her late sister's, Mrs John Frazer, residence, St. Peters, on Monday last, November 21st, cast a gloom over Gum Creek and Booborowie districts. It seems Mrs Doherty left home that day for Adelaide, apparently in good health, in answer to a message that her sister, Mrs Frazer, had died suddenly. On arrival in the city she went at once to St. Peters and we understand, had tea and shortly after appeared to faint and died almost immediately from shock and grief. Although the late Mrs Doherty was herself aware of a weakness of the heart, those who saw her at St. Joseph's Church Kooringa, the previous day would never have guessed the fact. Both ladies were tall and of fine physique. Mrs Doherty particularly had a very bright personality and was universally esteemed and her kindly hospitable disposition won her a host of friends as nothing was too much for her to do if help was necessary both as a neighbour and in her district and church life. The deceased lady who was 53 years of age was the fifth daughter of the late Mr and Mrs P. Cousins, one of the pioneer families of Booborowie. She married Mr John Doherty, of Gum Creek, who survives, also the following family, Mr Tom Doherty, Misses Mary and Claureen Doherty and Master John Doherty, the latter is 16 years of age. Her brothers and other relatives had first the sad duty of attending the funeral of their late sister, Mrs Frazer, Wednesday morning at West Terrace, Adelaide, and then per motor the remains of Mrs Doherty were brought to Burra and after a service at St. Joseph's Church, at 4 p.n., the remains were interred in the Kooringa cemetery The Rev. Dr Toal, of St. Joseph's conducted both services. Over 50 cars joined in the long cortege, there being a very large attendance especially of residents from Gum Creek, Booborowie and Spalding districts. The casket was carried to its last resting place by six nephews, Messrs Mick, Dick, Pat Jack, and Walter Cousins and Mr Pat. Shane, jun., of Spalding.

The late Mrs Doherty was a member of a family of 14 children eight brothers and six sisters. The surviving brothers are Messrs W. J. Cousins, Booborowie; J. V. Cou sins, Cambrai and P. J. Cousins, of Brighton. Surviving sisters are Mrs T. P. Madigan, Spalding; Mrs P. Beaumont, Bordertown and Mrs E. Johnson, Mt. Barker. Deceased sisters are, Mrs J. Frazer and Mrs P. Shane; brothers, Messrs A. J, Michael, Joseph and Dick Cousins.


99.           1942 – PROSSER, Mrs. Archie, formerly STEWART, nee MOORE

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Monday 5 January 1942



Saturday evening last Mrs. Ar chie Prosser, a highly esteemed resident of Burra, passed away after a few day's serious illness.

Born at Kooringa in 1875, Mrs. Prosser was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Moore and had but for a short period spent practically all her life here. She was twice married. Her first husband was Mr. Robert Stewart who predeceased her some years ago. She afterwards went to Victoria where she married Mr. A. Prosser and they later returned to Burra to reside. Mrs. Prosser was a person of wide sympathies and prior to illhealth overtaking her about three years ago she assisted in any way she could. She was also a member of the Kooringa Methodist Church and Guild. Her husband survives, also an adopted son, Mr. Robert Stewart.   All of her sisters were present at the interment at the Kooringa cemetery en Monday afternoon, viz: — Mesdames Agnes Willmott; Mrs. Nelson (Alice), Sydney; Mrs. Lungren (Vina) and Mrs. Con Lynch (Adeline), also Mr. Ted Moore, eldest brother, and Mrs. Don Turn bull, of Norwood, and Mrs. P. Bor owski, nieces (nee Annie and May Moore respectively). The service at the grave was con ducted by the Rev. P. N. Potter and the casket was borne by her rela tives, Messrs W. Moore, C. Samuel, P. Barowski and Mr. P. Reid. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


100.        1932 – JONES, Eliza, nee MIDWINTER

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Wednesday 29 June 1932



Mrs. E. Jones who passed away on   the 18th June at Kooringa was born on February 2nd, 1863, at Owswestry, Salop, England. She was the second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Midwinter and left England for Australia with her parents in 1866 in the ship 'British Lion’. On arrival at Port Adelaide they came direct to Burra per bullock dray and made their home. The deceased lady was therefore connected with Burra and district practically all her life. She married Mr. Eli Jones of Baldina in 1882 and he predeceased her in 1929. At the funeral the service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. H. S. Jarvis and the bearers were Messrs W. March, W. Geake, S. Kellaway, J. Parker, W. H. McWaters   and Bruce.  


Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 22 June 1932


Mrs. Eli Jones of Kooringa, passed away with tragic suddenness on Saturday morning last. Mrs. Jones   was in the street the day previous and  seemed in her usual health, but we understand she was a sufferer from heart trouble which eventually caused her death. She was 70 years of age. The deceased lady prior to her marriage was Miss Eliza Midwinter, and married Mr.E. Jones of Baldina in 1882. Her husband predeceased her on 7th June, 1929. A family of seven children survive, Messrs W. E. and E. Jones, Meribah; B. and C. Jones of Victoria; Mrs. J. R. Rooke World's End; Mrs. W. S. Delamere, Wanbi; Mrs. H.Schmidt, Kooringa. There are several grandchildren.  



101.        1933 – LAMBERT, Louisa, nee LILLYWHITE

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Wednesday 22 February 1933



With great regret we announce the   death of Mrs. Matthew Lambert, of   Booborowie, which occurred at the Burra Hospital on Monday 20th February, after a long illness. Mrs. Lambert who was born at Goyder, now known as Bowmans, near Port Wakefield, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lillywhite, later a well known Port Pirie family. About 26 years ago she married Mr. Lambert who survives also a family of four sons and one daughter. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Tuesday afternoon.


102.        1932 – JESSER, Thora Isabelle

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Wednesday 10 February 1932



The greatest sympathy was expressed for Mr. and Mrs. R. Jesser when the sad news of the death of their eldest daughter, Thora, was announced on Saturday last. On Sunday, 31st January, Miss Jesser who is only 17 years of age, accidentally shot herself and as she later came through the operation well, slight hopes were entertained of her ultimate recovery. However complications set in during the week and she succumbed to her injuries. The deceased young lady was an unusually well-built girl for her years and also of a bright and genial disposition. The funeral took place on Sunday when a large number of folk were present at the graveside. The casket and hearse were covered with very beau tiful floral tributes, one being sent from sympathisers in Aberdeen and another from the employes of Messrs Drew and Crewes Pty. Ltd. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. F. J. Barnes and the bearers were Messrs E. and Johnson Carpenter, K. Lower, M. Thompson, F. and C. Griffiths.  


103.        1937 – MULLER, Sarah Ann, nee LANGSFORD

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Tuesday 23 November 1937


Sunday, November 14th, an old and esteemed resident in the person of Mrs W. Muller, of Aberdeen, passed away after a long illness. The deceased lady who was the second daughter of the late Mr and Mrs W. Langsford, of Ironmine, was in her seventy-third year. The funeral took place at Kooringa on the 16th when the service was conducted by the Rev. J.P.H. Tilbrook.  


104.        1937 – BLIGHT, Frank

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Tuesday 23 November 1937


Mr Frank Blight, a recent well known resident of Kooringa and Hallett, after a long illness passed away at Glenelg on Monday evening. The late Mr Blight, who was in his 75th year, was born on the 15th December, 1862. The funeral took place at Hallett, this (Tuesday) afternoon.


105.        1937 – MORGAN, Charles

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Tuesday 2 February 1937



After a long period of ill-health, Mr Charles Morgan, an old and esteemed resident of Kooringa, passed away at the Burra Hospital, on the 29th January. Mr Morgan leaves a widow (nee Jane Wilton) one daughter, Miss Elizabeth Morgan and two sons, Messrs Edward Morgan, Kooringa, and George Morgan of Kalangadoo and two grandchildren. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Saturday afternoon, when the service was conducted by the Rev. D. L. Redding and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


106.        1936 – CARPENTER, Richard

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Tuesday 20 October 1936



Mr Richard Carpenter who passed away on the 26th September, at the Burra Hospital, was the only son of the late Johnson and Emma Carpenter of Aberdeen. Born at Kadina on the 23rd April, 1868, he came to Baldina in infancy, his father having taken up land out there. They later lived at Hanson, finally retiring and coming to Aberdeen to reside. Whilst at Douglas and Hanson, Mr Carpenter officiated as organist in the Methodist churches. He was also a member of the Oddfellows Lodge for a number of years and at his funeral which took place at Kooringa the members officiated as bearers. The Rev. A. Dyer conducted the service, Mrs W. H. Bray of Broken Hill, his sister, is the only surviving member of this family.


107.        1945 – KELLOCK, Fanny Elizabeth, nee

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Tuesday 25 September 1945



Mrs. Fanny Elizabeth Kellock, an old and well-known resident of Burra, passed away at her home in Kangaroo Street on Friday. She was born in 1862, but prior to her death was an invalid for many years. She married the late Mr. George Kellock, and there were two children of the marriage, both of whom predeceased her. During her more active days she was a keen worker in the interests of the Burra-Kooringa Methodist Church.   The funeral took place at the Burra Cemetery on Sunday, when Rev. H. Hobbs officiated at the graveside.   Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son carried out the funeral arrangements and the bearers were Messrs Arthur Kellock, John Kellock. Malcolm Kellock, and John Reed.


108.        1945 – WILLIAMS, Everard Earl

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Tuesday 29 May 1945



Mr. Everard Earl Williams, who passed away at a private hospital in Adelaide on 16th May, was the second son of Mr and Mrs. Thomas Williams, of 'Buckland Hill' Burra. He was born at Jamestown on 27th July. 1912. He came to Burra with his parents in 1927 and remained on the farm with them until about 12 months ago when, owing to illness, he went to Adelaide. During his life time he was interested in the activities of the Ironmine Methodist Church and took part in the sporting and social life of the district. He was also a member of the V.D.C. until he became ill. The late Mr. Williams was not married. The funeral took place at Burra on May 18th, when Rev. A. S. Barrett officiated at the graveside. Bearers were Messrs R. J. White, S. Scroop, C. Humphrys, Ross Earle M. T. Fuller and S. Kellaway.


109.        1937 – QUINN. Catherine, nee KELLOCK

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Tuesday 12 January 1937



Mrs Michael Quinn.

The death occurred on Sunday mid day, of Mrs Michael Quinn, late of World's End and Waterloo, after a short illness at the age of 77 years. The deceased lady was born at Burra in August, 1859, and was a daughter (Catherine) of Mr and Mrs Kellock, early pioneers of Kooringa, who re sided on what was then known as Limestone Hill. After her marriage to Mr Michael Quinn, they resided for many years at World's End, where most of her family were born, later removing to Waterloo. The late Mrs Quinn was essentially a home woman with a personality which commanded the respect and esteem with whomsoever she came in contact. Her husband predeceased her ten years ago. Of a family of ten children nine survive, one daughter died in infancy. Mrs Quinn was on a visit to her daughter, Mrs Burrows of North Adelaide, when she was stricken on Wednesday night last with the illness which ultimately caused her death. Mr Leonard Quinn of West Australia, who was informed of his mother's illness, passed through Burra on Monday afternoon. The surviving members of the family comprise Mr William Quinn of Yacka; Mrs Percy Bevan (Chloe) North Adelaide; Mr John Quinn, Kooringa; Mr Phil. Quinn, Broken Hill, N.S.W.; Mrs. Ann Burrows, North Adelaide; Mr L. Quinn, W.A.; Mr Edward Quinn, Waterloo, Mrs Schroeder (Kathleen) and Mr Victor Quinn of Adelaide. There are 25 grandchildren. The funeral took place at Kooringa to-day at mid-day, when the Rev. Father Morrissey conducted the services, first at St. Joseph's Church, Kooringa and at the graveside. Her six sons carried their mother's remains to their last resting place. Many old friends from Waterloo, World's End and Burra were present  





110.        1912 – QUINN, Lawrence

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Wednesday 9 October 1912



The sad news of the sudden death of an old and respected resident of Mount Bryan East   in the person of Mr. Lawrence Quinn came as a great shock to his many friends. The de ceased was engaged to shear for Mr. A. Gebhardt, at Belcunda, and, according to accounts, he retired to bed on Sunday night apparently in good health, but he was thrown from a cart a short time ago, and complained since of not feeling well, and his death was attributed to heart failure. He was a brother to Messrs W.H. and D. Quinn Mt. Bryan; J.   Quinn, N.SW; Mrs T. E, Schmidt, Tarrawingie ; and Mrs Dann, Hallett. On Tues day afternoon the funeral took place, when the remains of the deceased were interred in the Kooringa cemetery.  


111.        1948 – QUINN, William Henry

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Tuesday 19 October 1948


Old Mount Bryan Identity Passes

An old Mt. Bryan identity, Mr W. H. Quinn, passed peacefully away at his residence, 32 Caulfield Avenue, Cumberland Park, on the 6th October. The late Mr Quinn was the fourth son of the late Thomas and Ann Quinn and was born at Princess Royal Station near Burra on 16th October, 1861. At the age of seven years he ac companied his family, travelling by bullock dray to Mt. Gipps Station in the Barrier District, and for the next ten years assisted his father and brothers in dam-sinking, fencing and other station work, often mustering the bullocks in the paddock where the mining town of Broken Hill now stands— the rich lodes of silver - lead be ing then undiscovered. The family then returned to Burra district taking up land at Mt. Bryan East and engaged in farming and grazing pursuits. Like most people on the land in the early nineties they suffered severe financial hardships, wheat prices being as low as 1/5 per bushel; fat lambs, 1/6 per head, and good fleece wool, 5d per pound Later, however, he was more successful and acquired some valuable properties before his retire ment. On 2nd December, 1891, he married at Silverton Church, Miss Annie O'Malley, daughter of the late John and Bridget O'Malley and there were seven children of the marriage; three sons, Messrs Tom, Will and John, of Mt. Bryan, and four daughters, Mesdames Dare (Mt. Bryan East), F. Cahill (Cluny Avenue, Walkerville), F. Richards (Mt. Bryan) and Miss Ann Quinn, of Cumberland Park. Mr Quinn remained in the Mt. Bryan district until 1933 when he retired to Adelaide and resided there until his death. The late Mr Quinn was of fine physique and cheerful disposition, and took a keen interest in public affairs, being for some years a   member of the Hallett District   Council and later of the Mt Bryan District Council, he was made a life member of the Agricultural Bureau; was a keen cricketer, could play several different music al instruments and was an expert step-dancer. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and took a very active part in making arrangements for the building of St. Brenden's Church, at Mt. Bryan. The late Mr Quinn is survived by his widow, seven children, thirty grand-children, and one great grand-child. . His remains were interred m the Burra Cemetery, the funeral being largely attended. Pall-bearers were his three sons and three sons-in- law. The Rev. Dr Toal officiated at the graveside.


112.        1951 – QUINN, John

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Tuesday 13 November 1951



The late John Quinn, who died at Macclesfield Hotel on 12th October, was the second son of the late Mr and Mrs Michael Quinn, old respected residents of Worlds End. Aged 67 years, he was born in April 1884 at Worlds End and educated at that school. He had done a lot of work on the Stations East of Burra, and only a week prior to his death (which was sudden) he had returned from Oakbank Station where he had been fencing on some of the burnt out areas of last year's fires also erecting phone lines. In 1913 he married the only daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Richard Hill, old identities of Burra in the Kooringa Methodist Church being the last wedding in the old church, and the late Rev. J. H. Nield officiated. He did not join in any sport being very fond of home life. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Pengelley & Knabe, from Adelaide, and Mr Lisle Pearce, from Burra, to the Cemetery. Pallbearers were Messrs Sam Quinn, Ron Kellock, Murray Eberhard and Dudley Noble. Rev. J. P. H. Tilbrook officiated at the grave side. He leaves a wife, four daughters, one son and 11 grandchildren to mourn their loss:— Floris (Mrs Kellock, (Oakbank Station) ; Sam (Koonoona) ; Chloe (Mrs Eberhard, Robertstown) ; Marjorie (Mrs Halkett, Macclesfield Hotel); Natalie (Mrs Noble Wirrabara) and Cecil (deceased.)


113.        1941 – HILL, Dora, nee OCKENDEN

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Tuesday 14 January 1941



Mrs. Ralph Hill

Deep sympathy was expressed for the bereaved when the sudden death of Mrs. Ralph Hill, of Kooringa was announced on Friday last. The deceased lady who was   the elder daughter, Dora, of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. Ockenden, of Kooringa, has been in indifferent health for some time. Besides the bereaved widower, she leaves a family of three, Mr. John R. Hill, Miss Susie Hill and Mr. Jeff Hill, all of Kooringa; also five surviving brothers, Mr. O. Ockenden, Kooringa; Charles, Frank and Dick, of Adelaide, and Stan, of Melbourne, and one sister, Mrs. C. Rabbich of North Adelaide. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Saturday afternoon, when there was a large and representative attendance. The casket was carried by her three brothers, Charles, Oliver and Dick, Messrs H. Hutson, A Bown and Hedley Pearce Many beautiful floral tributes were received. The service was conducted by the Rev. V. R. Secombe and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.


114.        1952 – HILL, Ben

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Tuesday 5 February 1952


Ben Hill Passes On  

Mr Ben Hill, familiarly known in this town for many years as 'Old Ben' to adults and children alike, died at the Burra Hospital on Saturday. He was a real town identity, the like of which it is not given to many towns to know. He was not blessed with much of this world's goods, and he never attained a high position in the town To the contrary in fact, very much so, but he did hold an affectionate spot in the hearts of most people, and when his funeral took place at the Cemetery on Sunday 27 motor cars followed the hearse and there were lots of wreaths for 'Old Ben.' Ben was 69 when he died but it didn't matter much if you were down the street at 5 a.m. or 6 am. Ben would be there too and the usual form of greeting was 'Good Morning Ben' in as deep a voice as one could attain and the reply several octaves deeper with no apparent effort would be 'Good Morning Mr --.' Ben's voice   was well known as a barroom Bass, and could he scrape the bottom of the keg with it? In his younger days Ben must have been quite an athlete, although he does not appear to have put his muscle to much use — he was only a little fellow anyway. For example he spent many years working for the late 'Tod' Sandland on Balah Station He had a value to the boss and Ben would sack himself occasionally only to return to Balah a few days later. Epic story told about Ben is that one day he wanted something in Burra which the boss thought was not good for him, and which the Boss 'forgot' to bring out to Balah. Ben got as wild as it was possible for him to get, sacked himself on the spot, and walked the fifty odd miles into the town. The walk was an epic and so was the thirst Ben had when he got there.   He used to say that he was the first Burra townsman ever to drive a motor car. It happened this way — Ben worked for the late and well loved Dr Jack Sangster as a groom and drove a pair of spanking ponies for the Doc tor. Then the doctor got an Albion Motor car, the first in Burra, so Ben laid down the reins for the wheel to drive the snorting steaming vehicle over Burra's rough country roads. Ben saw service in World War I, and the local returned soldiers appreciated the fact and looked after 'Old Ben'   a bit when things were not too good with him. On Sun day they gave him a Military Funeral and formed a guard of Honour when Ben went to his last resting place.     Union Jack was draped over the casket the 'Ode of Remembrance' was recited and returned men, Messrs Ian Richardson, E. R. Davey, H Cornelius and L. Kellaway were the bearers. Rev. Line officiated at the graveside and Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son, were the funeral directors.





115.        1918 – HILL, George

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Wednesday 6 February 1918


The late Dvr. George Hill.

Mrs. Richard Hill, Kooringa has received the following letters from the front, in connection with the death of her son, the late Dvr. George Hill :— '

Belgium, 24-11-17.— Dear Mrs. Hill— I write to offer you my deepest sympathy in your sorrow. Your son was a fine soldier and did his duty gallantly and fearlessly, and I, together with the men of my platoon, all mourn the loss of a brave comrade. Although severely wounded, he remained quite conscious and bore his pain wonderfully until next day when be passed away quietly. I personally attended him and did all in my power to hasten him back to the dressing station at the time he was wounded, but regret to say his wounds proved too severe for him. He was indeed a man with a brave and stout heart. Again offering you my deepest sympathy I remain, yours very sincerely, E. H. Mattner, Lieut., Platoon Commander. - 53, Casualty Clearing Station, B.E. Force, France, Nov. 21st, 1917.—

Dear Mrs. Hill — I deeply regret having to inform you of the death of wounds of your beloved son, 3261: Dvr. G. Hill. 32nd Battalion, A.I.F. He was admitted to this hospital on the 19th inst., in a very collapsed state, badly wounded. The left foot practically blown off, he was also wounded in the left thigh, left but tock and left arm, he evidently had lost a lot of blood. He was taken into a ward immediately on admission to be warmed up, then he was taken to the theatre to be operated on. I had a few words with him before he was operated on and all he said was that he hoped to pull through. Immediately after the operation he peacefully passed away to the land where there are no wars, no wounds, no suffering, no sorrow and no death. We reverently laid his dear remains to rest in a beautifully kept British cemetery in this town at 10 a.m. to-day (Wednesday, 21st) and it was my sad duty as the Free Church Chaplain to conduct a burial service. I deeply sympathise with you and your family in your very sad bereavement, praying God to sustain you in your great trial and console you in your sad sorrow. I may say that a small cross bearing all his particulars will be placed on his grave in a few days. Yours very sincerely, (Rev.) H. Jones, Chaplain to the Forces.


116.        1937 – SCHOENBERG, Maria, nee ZANCKER

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 19 January 1937



The death of Mrs G. H. Schoen- berg which occurred at the Burra Hospital on the 24th December, 1936, removed a well known and highly esteemed resident of Mt. Bryan. Born at Greenock, S.A., on the 28th of September, 1868, she was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Zancker. In her early childhood her parents moved to Wolloway and afterwards to Wonna. Whilst there she married, in 1891, Mr Gustav H. Schoenberg and spent 17 years at that place fighting droughts and the many other setbacks which accompany a long   period of drought, in fact for a space of nine years the couple never even got seed wheat in return for their labours. In 1907 Mr Schoenberg bought a farming property near Mt. Bryan, where they farmed successfully. In 1922 Mr Schoenberg passed away, but his widow held the property until February of 1936, when she was compelled through failing health to sell and go and reside with her daughters in turn. Mrs Schoenberg's health started to fail in March of 1934 and from thence until her death she suffered severely, but bore her lot with commendable fortitude. In her health she gave of her best for others and was a good neighbour. Six children survive, three sons and three daughters, namely Messrs C. A. Schoenberg, Coolgardie, W.A., A. B. Schoenberg, Aberdeen, Burra,  G. Herman Schoenberg, Waterloo, Mesdames B. H. Kleinig 'Braefoot' Hanson, G. P. Beinke, Booborowie, and H. Garrard, Mt. Bryan East.     There are 18 grandchildren. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Christmas Day, when the Rev Hoff of Emu Downs officiated. The bearers were Messrs J. L. Connors, T. E. G. Goodridge, B. Wardle, T. Beckwith, all of Mt. Bryan and Messrs G. A. and J. Heinrich of Flagstaff near Burra. The funeral arrangements were   carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.






117.        1939 – KOTZ, Charles Frederick

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 24 January 1939


Great sympathy was expressed for Mr and Mrs Alexander Kotz, of Kooringa on Friday last when it became known that their son, Mr Charles Frederick Kotz, had passed away that morning at Broken   Hill, after a brief illness. The deceased young man who was only 23 years of age, was well known and highly respected in Burra and district. He recently went to Broken Hill where he was employed in the mines. A few days prior to his de cease he contracted pneumonia and passed away as stated after only four days illness. A sad feature in connection with his death was that his mother who left at once for Broken Hill on hearing of the serious nature of her son's illness, arrived at the hospital only to find her son had passed away. The remains were brought to Burra for the interment which took place on Saturday morning at the Kooringa cemetery in the presence of many sympathisers. The service was conducted by the Rev. Dr Toal, of St. Joseph's Church, Kooringa.


Another Fatal Case of Heat Collapse.

Admitted to the Broken Hill Hospital on 14th inst. suffering from heat collapse, Mr Charles Frederick Kotz (22) died there on 20th inst. His mother, Mrs A. Kotz, of Burra, who travelled in the express   from Adelaide, arrived too late to see him before he died. Mr Kotz, who resided at the Globe Hotel, was born at Riverton and went to Broken Hill about six years ago. For the last 12 months he has been employed at the North Mine. He was a member of the W.I.U. and the North Mine sickness fund. — Barrier Miner.


118.        1929 – CREWES, Ernest William

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Wednesday 28 August 1929



The news of the death of Mr. Ernest William Crewes, which occurred at the Burra Hospital on Sunday evening, after a short illness, came as a tremendous shock to the whole community, many of whom were unaware that he was seriously ill. For some days previously he had been suffering from influenza and on Friday afternoon was removed to the Hospital. He was then able with his son's assistance to walk out to his car. However, on Saturday morning complications set in and on Sunday mid- day the distant members of the family and his only sister, Mrs. Hetty Richards, were hastily summoned and with the exception of his youngest daughter, who resides in New South Wales, were present at his bedside before he passed away. Born at Bridgewater, Somersetshire, he afterwards lived in London until he was nine years of age, then, on the death of his father, he went to Cornwall. When about 19 years of age, in company with his mother and only sister, he left Cornwall for Australia in the ship, 'Hesperus' and on arrival at Port Adelaide came direct to Burra, where with the exception of three years at Euriowie, near Broken Hill, the remainder of his life was spent. Their first home was at Aberdeen where he went to work for H. Gartrell and Co. (in premises now occupied by Mr. Tiddy) in whose employ he remained for a few months. He then entered the employ of Messrs Samuel Drew and Co. After being with the firm for some years he was sent to take charge of a store Drew and Co. had started at Euriowie. While there he was made a Justice of the Peace and often had to marry or bury people. When he returned to Burra the Messrs Charles. John and Thomas Drew retired from the firm and in April, 1889, he with Mr. John Drew jun. was made a partner under the firm of Drew and Crewes. Later on the firm merged into a Limited Company and in 1912 it was changed to Drew and Crewes Pty. Ltd. when Mr. Crewes was appointed Managing Director. A man of unusual ability he, apart from a busy business life, found time to interest himself in all matters pertaining not only to the town but the district. Municipal matters possibly occupied the biggest share of the time he devoted to public affairs. For 10 years he occupied the Mayoral chair. His first term was from 1901 to 1902, the second 1914 to 1919 and the third from 1921 to 1922. Strange to relate he held office during the period of the Boer War and also right through the period of the Great War, 1914 to 1918. In both struggles Burra was to the forefront in patriotic work, particularly in the later when much of the enthusiasm and devotion of the Burra and District was due to the indefatigable and self-sacrificing work of the 'War Mayor' who neither spared himself or his well organised committees and proved himself not only a loyal citizen but a capable and safe leader. In the Great War it would probably be safe to say that no individual in Australia did more than he. His fame as a speaker and above all as an appealer went far and wide and in this direction he travelled hundreds of miles even speaking in other States. Apart from Municipal matters he was a member of every Society or Committee that had the welfare of the town or district at heart, his business ability making him a valuable asset to any organisation. His long experience as a Justice of Peace was also appreciated by many folk and his ad vice freely and courteously given. He was a member, officer and local preacher of the Methodist Church and his ability as a lay preacher was far above the ordinary. His death will create an immense blank in the town and he will be greatly missed. He practically retired from public life after the war and it was only under pressure and for the purpose of raising the balance required to complete the monument, the erection of which was largely due to his initiative, that he consented to take the Mayoral chair in 1921-22. He married on June 16th, 1882, Miss Eliza Tickle, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Tickle of Yongala who survives. Of a family of eight, one daughter, Evelyn, and one son, Ernest, predeceased their father. The family comprise : Mrs. J. L. Sandland, Peterborough; Mrs. J. Statton, Lower Mitcham; Mrs. J. P. Steele, Westbourne Park; Mrs. V. A. McBride, Glen Osmond: Mr. K. R. Crewes, Burra and Mrs. J. Bishop, Grenfell, N.S.W., and several grandchildren. His sister, Mrs. P. Richards, resides at Prospect. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon when over 100 cars followed the remains to their last resting place. The hearse and coffin were simply covered with a beautiful lot of floral tributes from all parts and various organisations and the attendance at the grave an eloquent tribute to the esteem and worth of such a citizen. At their own request men of the R.S. and S.I. League in khaki acted as bearers, this touching tribute showing plainly how our soldiers appreciated his efforts during the war. Could anything have pleased him more? The bearers were : Messrs L. M. Gordon (Lieut.), G. H, Dow, J. H. Murison, F. Spencer, W. R. Lee, and J. F. Stephen. Following the chief mourners were the Mayor and Councillors. A further token of respect was the fact that all business places in Kooringa and Aberdeen closed for one hour to enable their employes to attend the funeral. A short service was first held at the home conducted by the Rev. E. Law son who also officiated at the grave assisted by the Rev. Ralph Lee. A very moving address was delivered by the Rev. W. O. Harris, Redruth, and Chairman of the Middle District. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.


119.        1919 – CREWES, Ernest William Jun.

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 18 June 1919


Death of Mr. E. W. Crewes, Jun.

The greatest regret was expressed in Burra, when it was announced that Mr. Ernest W. Crewes, Jun., the eldest son of our worthy Mayor and Mayoress, Mr and Mrs E. W. Crewes, Sen., had passed away at the Burra Hospital after a little over a week's illness. Mr Crewes, who was well-known and very highly respect ed, resided at Hallett, and was brought to Burra on the 13th June seriously ill. The following day he was removed from his parents' residence to a private ward in the local hospital, where he subsequently went under an operation for appendicitis. The operation was success fully performed, but from the outset little hope was held out that he would recover and after suffering intensely, passed away on Saturday evening last. He was only 36 years of age. Born at Kooringa, on May 4th, 1883, he began his education at the Burra Public School and afterwards went to Prince Alfred   College. On leaving college he entered the employ of Messrs Drew &. Crewes and remained there for some time. Asthma attacking him, he was obliged to take a six month's rest, and spent that time as the guest of Mr and Mrs W. Dearlove, at Ketchowla Station, where he made the best use of his time, as subsequent events proved. On re turning to business, he was, on the firm being floated into a Limited Company,   given the management of their Mount Bryan branch. His health, however, again compelled him to give up an in-   door life and he decided to go on the land. When the Booborowie estate was cut up he purchased a block, which he farmed successfully. Last year he disposed of that property and bought one near Hallett, where he subsequently made a home. On March 29th last he married Miss Violet Holiday, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Holiday, Hindmarsh, and the deepest sympathy is expressed on all sides for his young wife, parents, sisters and only brother, Lieut. K. R. Crewes, M.C., who only recently returned from active service. The funeral took place at 1.30 p.m. on Monday, when a large number of residents from the town and district were present, including members of the Burra Town Council, Burra Hospital Board and other bodies. The bearers were Messrs J. Drew, J. Bentley, L. Penrose, W. Pearce, J. B. Rigney and B. Sugars, employes of Messrs Drew & Crewes, Ltd. The Rev. G. K. Haslam, assisted by the Rev. D. B. Bridgwood, conducted the service. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the coffin, amongst them from the Burra Town Council, Burra Institute Committee, Burra Cheer-up Society, employes of Messrs Drew & Crewes, and the Kindergarten staff of the Kooringa Methodist Sunday School. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son.  


120.        1927 – SPACKMAN, Mrs. Robert, nee WHITE

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 26 January 1927



Another old and esteemed resident of the district passed away on Satur day last, in the person of Mrs Robert Spackman, late of Koonoona. The deceased lady who was born in Eng land in 1856, was the daughter of Mr and Mrs John White. Her parents left for South Australia when she was quite an infant and after arrival here for over 50 years was employed by the Koonoona Proprietors. The Whole of Miss White's life was spent on the station as she later married Mr Robt Spackman, an employee. Her husband died about five years ago, Mrs Spackman's health for some time has been very frail and she passed away at her daughter's residence after a fairly long illness. She leaves a family of five children, two sons and two daughters, Mrs E. Wootton, Hampton; and Mrs Alfred Lawn; Mrs Richard Hill of Kooringa is a sister and Mr W. White, Manoora, a   brother. One son, Walter, served in the Great War. The funeral took place on Sunday at Kooringa, when the coffin was borne by the Messrs W. G. and G. G. Hawkes and Messrs Webb and White, employees of Koonoona Estate. The service was conducted by Rev. F. B. Hewitson and the funeral arrangements by Messrs C. J. Pearce and Son.





121.        1944 – McBRIDE, Rosina, nee BULLEN

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 29 February 1944              


The Late Mrs. Tom McBride

Mrs. Tom McBride, a well known personality of the Burra District passed away at Calvary. Hospital, North Adelaide, on Sunday, 20th February, after a long and trying illness. The deceased lady was born in Cornwall, England, on 2nd February, 1862. and her maiden name was Miss Rosina Bullen. At the age of four years she, together with her parents and brothers and sisters, sailed to Australia in the ship 'Lady Joclyn'. After arriving at Pt. Adelaide the family came straight to Burra and her father was employed as a blacksmith by the Burra Copper Mining Company. In the year 1890 she was married to the late Mr. Tom Mc Bride, and the couple took up residence at Broken Hill. Later they returned to Burra and managed the property known as Oakleigh Station. Later they acquired Redcliffe Station and it is with this property that their names are generally associated. They lived at Redcliffe for many years until Mr. McBride's retirement some years ago when they took up residence in Adelaide. Mr. McBride died in 1938.

There were twelve children (nine sons and three daughters) of the marriage, three of whom predeceased her, including Norman who was killed in action during the 1914-18 war. Other members of Mrs. Mc Bride's family are Messrs Reuben (WA), Clem (Narracoorte) Claude (Sydney) , Keith (Burra), Jim (Caroona), Charles (Narracoorte), Jeffery (2nd A1F.) Mrs. C. Bull and Mrs. S Webb, both of Perth WA. There were 18 grand children. Rev. Martin, of Burra Methodist Church, officiated when the funeral took place at the Burra Cemetery on Tuesday and the bearers were Messrs Roy Lloyd, Reuben Rogers, A. P. Rogers and L. M. Gordon.


122.        1939 – JAMES, William Norrel

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Tuesday 28 February 1939




The death of Mr William Norrel James which occurred in the early hours of Thursday last, February 23rd, breaks another link with the early days of Burra district. Born at Princestown on the Western side of Kooringa, a now almost forgotten 'suburb' of Burra's early days. This little place then lay between Kooringa and Mr F. Dew's old homestead, near Springbank. The late Mr James, who was born in 1856, was a son of the late Mr and Mrs Richard Pool James, early pioneers of Burra. After leaving school he assisted his father and prior to his marriage took up farming. He married Miss Emma Rebecca Richardson Whetstone, a daughter of Mr and Mrs John Whetstone, of Luton, near Clare, on April 8th, 1878. The ceremony took place at St. Michael's Church, Bungaree, near Clare, the Rev. R. B. Webb, M.A., performing the ceremony. At that time his father was farming at Armagh, near Clare, and he assisted. Some time later he was employed by Mr Angus on Baldina station a position he held for over 20 years. ('Black Hills' was then the name of Mr Barker's station, now known as Baldina) Mr James afterwards retired and came into Burra to reside. The home chosen was in Victoria Street, Aberdeen, and was originally the home of one of the officers of the Burra Mine and directly opposite the home of the late Mr J. D. Cave, first Town Clerk of Burra. The deceased gentleman never took part in public matters. He was a man of fine physique and honoured and esteemed by all who came in contact with him. Of a family of eight children, six children, with the widow, survive. These are Messrs Richard Poole James, of Booborowie, Norrel James, Mutooroo; W. Les. James, Kooringa; H. O. (Bert) James, Adelaide, and Melvin C. James, Adelaide and Mrs Paul Baynes, of Pandama, N.S.W. Also 11 grand children and six great grandchildren. He was for many years a member of the Oddfellows Lodge. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Thursday afternoon when two grandsons, Messrs Norrel Baynes and Ken James, with four members of the Lodge, Messrs M. T. Fuller, A. T. Pearce, R. Jesser and R. Garrard acted as bearers. The Rev. J. A. H. Andrews conducted the service and Messrs C. J. Pearce & Son the funeral arrangements.


123.        1907 – HONAN, John

Burra Record (SA : 1878-1954)

Wednesday 4 September 1907



We have to record this week the death of Mr. John Honan, a very old and highly respected resident of Mutooroo, where he was employed in dam-sinking. The deceased gentleman, whose age was about 52 years, contracted cancer in the jaw several months ago, and the complaint gradually got worse until it carried him off. Mr. Honan was possessed of sterling qualities, and took a delight in giving a helping hand to all who needed it and for his kindness and generosity he was known far many miles around, so it is no wonder that during his illness so many enquiries were made about him, and regret ex pressed at his misfortune. He leaves a wife and four children, the youngest being about 14 years of age. Mrs. M. Honan, of the Paddock, Kooringa, is the mother of the deceased, and for her, too, in her advanced age, the greatest sympathy is expressed. Mr. J. Honan, of Hallett, is a cousin of the late Mr. Honan. The funeral took place on Friday, when the remains of the deceased were interred in the Kooringa cemetery.


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