Lonely Outback Graves

Something we’ve stumbled across all too often on our travels are lonely, often unmarked, grave sites. At some point I will do a little more research on who these people were and what sad event led to their, probably untimely, death. Many we’ve found have been very small gravesites which are most likely for children as the child mortality rate in the remote outback was very high back in the early pioneer days. Here’s some of the graves we’ve found along the way and some of the stories we know about them or have assumed.

Grave stone of Emma Smith aged 2 who died in the Flinders Ranges in the 1880s.

Grave stone of Emma Smith aged 2 who died in the Flinders Ranges in the 1880s.

Unmarked grave near the old Ghan railway line at Mount Dutton.

Unmarked grave near the old Ghan railway line at Mount Dutton.

 

Unmarked grave near Mount Dutton. Look at the vast emptyness behind it

Unmarked grave near Mount Dutton. Look at the vast emptyness behind it

Unmarked grave hidden in the bush on the road to Dalhousie Springs. It could be the wife of one of the early settlers in the area. She died when the tent she was cooking in caught fire.

Unmarked grave hidden in the bush on the road to Dalhousie Springs. It could be the wife of one of the early settlers in the area. She died when the tent she was cooking in caught fire.

 

We found this grave at Peake Creek old telegraph station. Apparently it was one of the workers who died in the early 1900s.

We found this grave at Peake Creek old telegraph station. Apparently it was one of the workers who died in the early 1900s.

Reputedly the grave of Molly Clark near her home at Old Andado...again unmarked

Reputedly the grave of Molly Clark near her home at Old Andado…again unmarked

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