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Cossack Cemetery 5

March 2, 2011
The sign at the entrance to Cossack Cemetery, Cossack, Western Australia

The sign at the cemetery entrance

visited Cossack, Western Australia, recently and took the opportunity to photograph the graves in the cemetery there.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the Japanese section of the cemetery, so the photos are only of the European section.  I did take at least one photo of every grave I could see.

I have larger versions of these photographs, some of them giving wider location context.  If you would like a copy of one of these, please comment and let me know.

I took a lot of photos, so I’ll be posting them a few at a time as a series.

You can see the other posts in this series by selecting the ‘Cemeteries’ category on the right.

In Loving Remembrance of


Beloved wife of WFS Richards HMC

Died 3rd October 1909 Aged 47

Lead, Kindly Light

‘Lottie’ was Charlotte McK  (Maiden name unkown) (1909/7WA)

William Francis Stevens Richards died in Subiaco, Western Australia 20 April 1947 (1947/749WA) aged 84 years.  He was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.

There are no birth or marriage entries on the WA BDM Index for William Francis Stevens.  However there is an Evelyn Richards par: William FS Richards and Jessie J Unknown, registered in 2007 (2007/12762WA) born in Subiaco.

This is a ‘historic’ birth because a) 2007 births do not appear on the BDM Index and b) parents names are given and they are not for more recent historic births on the index.

Who Jessie J was, and why the birth was not registered at the time is a bit of a mystery.  I checked out marriages for an Evelyn Richards, and then checked all the entries that came up against the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board index, which would show a 2007 death.  None of them were for a death/burial/cremation in 2007.  So I was unable to match the 2007 registration up to a late registration at the time of death, which I have seen occur in the past.

If you have any more details on this family I would love to hear from you.

The last photo in today’s post is a marked out grave without a headstone.  It looks like a child’s grave, and made me feel sad.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2011 9:04 pm

    Hi Michelle, just came accross your site, i believe this is one of my distant cousins
    Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 about Charlotte Mckenz Taylor

    Name: Charlotte Mckenz Taylor
    Father’s name: Hugh Duff McQueen Taylor *no kidding, that was his name
    Mother’s name: Jessie Robertson
    Birth Place: Collingwood, Victoria
    Registration Year: 1863
    Registration Place: Victoria
    Registration Number: 1434

    Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 about Charlotte Mckenzie Taylor
    Name: Charlotte Mckenzie Taylor
    Spouse Name: Wm Francis Stevens Richards
    Marriage Place: Victoria
    Registration Place: Victoria
    Registration Year: 1888
    as they married in vic, and charlotte was born in vic, you may locate him there

    if you have any further info, would be most frateful, thanks

    • June 27, 2011 9:35 pm

      Sorry forgot to add, he remarried,
      Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 about Jessie Janet Adcock

      Name: Jessie Janet Adcock 1871-1964
      Father’s name: Daniel John Adcock
      Spouse Name: William Francis Stevens Richards
      Spouse’s Father’s Name: James Richards
      Marriage Date: 9 Nov 1912
      Marriage Place: Maylands
      Registration Place: Norwood, South Australia
      Page Number: 454
      Volume Number: 253

    • Michelle permalink*
      June 27, 2011 10:34 pm

      Hi Tess
      Thank you for that information. I really don’t have any more information than what I have posted – and that was gathered fairly quickly as I was posting the photos. I took the photos on a quick visit to the Cossack Cemetery, when I was in the area for other reasons. However, I’ve had a lot of interest in the photos, so i’ve approved your comments so that other people who visit can see the information. Cossack is very interesting as is the whole area. It would have been very remote before planes and cars and similar modern transport options existed, although I understand the Cossack port was very busy back in the day. As I said, the information I posted was gathered very quickly and easily. If you are not in Western Australia, and would like me to look something up for you here, that you are unable to access, let me know. Michelle

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