How Well do you know your History

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 22:48
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Good Evening Late Owls.....

Here is one to try and stump a lot of Outback Travellers.

Do you know the importance of this grave, where it is located and does it have any history behind it????

The prize will be.......nothing but you will go to the top of the Class for your knowledge.


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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 22:55

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 22:55
Tis the final resting place of Bill Voakes, a member of many expeditions between 1896 and 1902 that helped fill in the last gaps in the exploration of South Australia, most led by Richard Thelwell Maurice.

Vokes Hill was named by Richard Maurice in July 1901after William (Bill) Voakes his general hand and cook on the journey.

Vokes Hill Corner on the Anne Beadell are named after him by Len Beadell.

Bill was buried at Coorabie (Fowlers Bay) after his death in September 1922 at the age of 77. His wife Emily Dinah Voake was also interred there when she passed in June 1939 at the age of 84.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 23:07

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 23:07
Now fair go Mick.....lol


You should be asleep over in the eastern states......lol

Yes you are spot on, but sorry I can only award you 99%

You must have insider knowledge.......lol


Actually.......you said Fowlers Bay......well it is not far from it in the very tint town as you said...Cootabie.....population....few sheep, couple of dogs and 4 people....lol



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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 23:15

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 23:15
Mate you should have known lol. I've got original copies of RTM's hand written journals from those expeditions. Bill and Dinah often travelled together with RTM. Coorabie, a little to the north west of Fowlers Bay I believe.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 23:16

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 23:16
Now you have me thinking Mick...


Around 6 kilometres from Where Bill is buried, there is another important grave.


Do you want me to post it and tell me how the person died?




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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 06:22

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 06:22
I'd suggest that would be Yalata and it would be the grave of RTM himself. He passed away during a gathering at the Fowlers Bay pub of a suspected heart attack and was buried at Yalata, the Murray's property where he spent a lot of time when not expeditioning.



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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 08:33

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 08:33
Hi Mick

You are in the right cemetery, but sorry it is not RTM.....



But this one caught my eye, and Jessie died 29 years before Richard and at the very young age of only 26.

This got me searching and I was able to find out how she died and what happened to her husband, John after her most tragic death...

Do you want me to tell you, or would you like some time and some more research........lol





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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:26

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:26
Good post Stephen and well done Mick. You guys had me at a disadvatge as its a site outside of WA in the rather unexplored part of Oz. But I did detect as far Vokes Corner etc.

The spelling of Vokes v Voakes is a shame - probably an error way back.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 13:31

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 13:31
Cheers Phil. As we constantly have to remind you westerners, there is a lot more country just on the other side of the border lol :-)

I'd be interested to know where your profile photo is taken. I'd have been tempted to say it was in a location within the Calverts but am not sure. Very similar to one I've seen before.

Would you mind sharing?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 19:20

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 19:20
Hi Phil

Hope you are keeping well, a sit seems ages since we have chatted.

Thanks for the reply and Mick was on the ball first off late last night. To be honest, I never knew Bill was buried in Coorabie and it is a pity that both his grave and Richards are not in good repair considering how important they were in the area and their feats in exploration.

Perhaps we could get a members busy bee to spruce up the graves and it would be great to share their exploits with the greater world. As for poor Jessie, she died during childbirth at such a very young age.

Perhaps you could wander across the Nullabor and follow Eyres travels, as he ventured through some very interesting places right through the west coast.



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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 20:29

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 20:29
Hi Mick and Stephen thanks for your posts. I'm doing ok, still battling the big C but injections every 4 weeks are keeping me in remission.

Yes following up explorers over your way sounds great - maybe one day.

Where is it the site of my photo you ask Mick - no not Calvert way west Waldburg range SE of Mt Augustus.

I've been there four times, its covers a huge area and still lots more of the range and valleys to explore.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 20:40

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 20:40
That's good to hear Phil.

The west has some fantastic country to explore and those images above look like a great find.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 19:28

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 19:28
If I had of guessed before you replied to Mick I'd of said Walburg, Phil. Definitely an interesting site to visit & I reckon I must have taken 100 photos or so when I visited.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 19:56

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 19:56
Hi Dunc

It sure looks a very interesting place to vistit indeed.




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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 20:35

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 20:35
Hi Stephen, yes the whole hill side is covered in petroglyphs. A really amazing place and what's more it's very close to the main road, it's just a case of knowing which track to take from there.



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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 20:49

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 at 20:49
Hi Dunc

Thanks for you photos; it sure is a great place. Here's another of my favourite images

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