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Graves Project (on-going)

The Graves Project of the Western Australia Police Historical Society aims to locate the graves of pioneer police officers who gave a lifetime of honourable service to this State.

Several pioneer police graves, plus the grave of an Aboriginal police aide, have so far been identified and appropriate rededication ceremonies held. These graves are in cemeteries ranging from Karrakatta to York, Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie Cue and other localities.

The following photographs were taken during the rededication service conducted at Karrakatta Cemetery on Sunday, October 5, 2003:



October 31, 2004

A ceremony was held at the Water Police Branch in North Fremantle to commemorate the eleven pioneer police officers who, under various circumstances (mostly shipwrecks and/or other storm related accidents), died at sea. Seven of these officers disappeared without further trace and their bodies were never recovered. In three of the cases bodies were recovered and buried, but the graves were never marked and their locations have now long since been lost. Only one officer, Inspector Joseph Farley, has a prior memorial which is in the Broome Cemetery. Inspector Farley died at sea in 1902. His death was due to a rare tropical disease contracted while extraditing (by sea) two alleged offenders from Jakarta to Broome via Singapore.

After the ceremony the police launch Delphinus took a party of descendants of the deceased police officers out to Rouse Head where a wreath was cast out to sea in memory of their pioneer police ancestors.


April 22, 2007

Another Graves Dedication Ceremony was held at Karrakatta on Sunday 22nd April, 2007. Seven previously unmarked graves were dedicated, three at Karrakatta and one each at East Perth, Northam, Kellerberrin and Leonora.

The actual ceremony was conducted at the grave of Sergeant William Matthew Lavery and was attended by seventeen members of this society. Regrettably we were unable to locate any descendants for the four officers buried in metropolitan graves, and the only relative located for a country member now lives in Greenbushes, so no descendants or other relatives of any of the deceased members attended the ceremony.

Reading the Ode - President of the WA Police Historical Society and former Commissioner of Police, 
Mr Brian Bull AO, APM. Also Society Vice President and former Assistant Commissioner, 
Mr Peter Skehan APM and Western Australia Police Chaplain, the Reverend  Michael Mateljan William Lavery's Headstone

This now brings to 66 the number of previously unmarked graves that fall within the ambit of this project.

Those so honoured up to the last dedication ceremony are:

Surname

Christian Names

Number

Cemetery

Dedication Date

Allison

Robinson

356

Coolgardie

26-Nov-2000

Bailey

Joseph W.

199

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

Bell

Archibald

203

Coolgardie

26-Nov-2000

Bogue

Thomas Martin

Pre-numbers

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Bosville

Herbert James Theo

Pre-numbers

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Bradley

Lionel

Pre-numbers

Menzies

01-Apr-2006

Brophy

Michael Harvey

Inspector

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Brown

Percy Frederick

118

Karrakatta

22-Apr-2007

Buscumb

Gordon Escott

1672

Coolgardie

26-Nov-2000

Buttle

Frank Taylor

105

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Cunninghame

John Patrick

Pre-numbers

York

22-Apr-2007

Dodds

Arthur William

913

Kalgoorlie

17-Oct-2098

Dunne

Maurice Joseph

617

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

English

Patrick R.

Pre-numbers

East Perth

22-Apr-2007

Farley

Joseph

Inspector

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Fee

John

60

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

Furlong

John Phillip

100

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

Gannon

George

232

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

Goad

William John

516

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Griffin

Michael Christopher

226

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Hackett

Patrick

Pre-numbers

York

06-Oct-2001

Hamley

John

532

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Harrington

Timothy

Pre-numbers

York

06-Oct-2001

Hart

Ernest

1196

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Horne

Alexander Thomas

799

Coolgardie

26-Nov-2000

Jones

Jeremiah John

674

Merredin

20-Jun-2005

Kay

James Edmund

Pre-numbers

Kanowna

01-Apr-2006

Lappin

William

39

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Lavery

William Matthew

5

Karrakatta

22-Apr-2007

Leen

John Joseph

590

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

Louttit

Malcolm

737

Coolgardie

26-Nov-2000

McArthur

Christopher

373

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

McCaul

James

503

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

McClay

John

1129

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

McInnes

Alexander Charles

1513

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

McKay

Steward Gordon

534

Cue

26-Oct-1999

McKay

Neil

636

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

McKay

William

901

Kellerberrin

22-Apr-2007

McVea

David

229

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Meginnes

Henry Patrick

13

Leonora

01-Apr-2006

Nethercott

Robert

Pre-numbers

Menzies

01-Apr-2006

Newbold

Wilson Percival

207

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

Nicholson

John

Pre-numbers

Broomehill

23-May-1998

O'Flaherty

Michael Joseph

386

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Parker

Henry George

794

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Perks

Samuel Edwin

518

Leonora

22-Apr-2007

Pooley

Reginald William Price

306

Kalgoorlie

17-Oct-1998

Rankin

Jimmy

Tracker

Merredin

20-Jun-2005

Rogers

Vincent John

Cairo Police

York

06-Oct-2001

Ryan

John Joseph

390

Karrakatta

22-Apr-2007

Sealy

Joseph

391

Kalgoorlie

17-Oct-1998

Simpson

Louis Vincent

51

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Slattery

James

255

Kalgoorlie

17-Oct-1998

Smith

Michael

460

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Smyth

James Carroll

44

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000

Smyth

Joseph

34

York

06-Oct-2001

Spry

Edward James

168

Karrakatta

05-Oct-2003

Stack

Thomas

Resigned

York

06-Oct-2001

Stone

George Henry

Pre-numbers

Niagara

01-Apr-2006

Toovey

Septimus Robert

Pre-numbers

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Troy

Richard

Pre-numbers

York

06-Oct-2001

Walker

Leslie John

PA 28

Kalgoorlie

17-Oct-1998

Walsh

Patrick William Bernard

593

Bridgetown

20-Mar-1999

Westrope

William Averman A.

181

Coolgardie

26-Nov-2000

Williams

Robert

Pre-numbers

Lost At Sea

31-Oct-2004

Wood

Harold John

1218

Karrakatta

14-Oct-2000




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