A Map of Yuin Reef

This blog post is part of the One Place Studies blogging prompts for #OnePlaceMaps. When I first saw this prompt, I wasn’t sure that there was anything I could write about. After all, Yuin Reef was an unsurveyed town site. However, through my search for information about the town, there are quite a few resourcesContinue reading “A Map of Yuin Reef”

Mistaken Identity: An ANZAC Story

It was on the 7th of August, 1915, when Trooper No.962 Donald Shapley McLean lost his life at the young age of 29. Only a few days earlier, he had arrived in Gallipoli after campaigning in Cairo, Egypt with the 10th Australian Light Horse Brigade, 5th Reinforcements. Donald had been raised in a Presbyterian family,Continue reading “Mistaken Identity: An ANZAC Story”

The Trial of Bungarrow (alias Sam)

Readers please be aware that this post contains the names of Indigenous Australians who are deceased, and it also describes violent scenes and indications of sexual abuse. The 18th of January, 1906, was a Thursday. It had been a particularly hot day for those working out on the Yuin Reef Mine, and the heat hadContinue reading “The Trial of Bungarrow (alias Sam)”

A Tragedy at Yuin Reef

This post is part of the #OnePlaceTragedies blogging prompts from One-Place Studies. As with any old mining towns, there are bound to be lots of tragedies. Poor working conditions, little to no medical attention and the harsh environment of outback Western Australia. There were a lot, probably more than I have on record. So far,Continue reading “A Tragedy at Yuin Reef”

Joseph Casas/Casses: Lost in the bush

Readers please be aware that the historical newspaper article may contain offensive terms to Indigenous Australians, and that this post contains names of deceased Indigenous Australians. It had been an ordinary few days for William Blair, Thomas Farrell and Hugh Sullivan when Joseph Casses joined the team on the 29th of January 1907, on theContinue reading “Joseph Casas/Casses: Lost in the bush”

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