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”

Discovering the Personalities of Yuin Reef

As many of you will know by now, the township of Yuin Reef does not have many remaining records. There were also scarce amounts of records created in the first place, as it technically did not exist. I had to find a different way of documenting the history of this site, and what better wayContinue reading “Discovering the Personalities of Yuin Reef”

From Boom to Bust: Establishing a Timeline for Yuin Reef

These two poems, written almost 40 years apart, display two very different sentiments. What seemed to be a very promising gold field was eventually left abandoned and in ruins. To help set the boundaries for my project, the Yuin Reef One Place Study, I must first establish a timeline of significant events. The most significantContinue reading “From Boom to Bust: Establishing a Timeline for Yuin Reef”

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