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Callion AKA Speaksman Find > Callion Graves

Callion Graves
Western Australia

CALDER William Leslie:- died 12.10.1896 aged 3 yrs 3 mths at Speaksman Find (now Callion Mine) in the Menzies district. Buried at Speaksman Find. He died from convilsions. Born: Dunnolly, VIC. He was the child of Alexander and Annie (nee Speakman) CALDER, he had only been in WA for 3 months.

The following information was supplied by Rodney SAMSON:- William Leslie CALDER was the Grandson of George Speakman, my Great Great Grandfather, who owned the Callion Mine and was the older brother of my maternal Grandmother, Elsie CALDER. My Grandmother returned to Vic in 1898 with most of the family to set up various businesses from the proceeds of the Callion Mine. They also set up another mine in Dunnolly VIC. There is a family story, that a number of gold nuggets were kept, and all the children in the family born after 1898 were each given one. My mother was one of the last to receive one before they ran out.

George Speakman was to return to WA in 1899, when he purchaced ‘Coombe Cottage’ in Vic  a few years later, he lost it in a card game, and it was bought by Dame Nellie Melba whos descendants now operate it as a vineyard and live there still.

KENNEY Thomas d. March 1899 age 12yrs (Occ Miner)  10mths -North Coolgardie death cert 15/1899 Cause of death:- Heridetary Consumption. Father:- James KENNY, Sawyer, Mother:- Kate Donnelly Place of Birth:- Gravestown, Huon Tasmania. He had only been in WA for 5 months. His death was certified by his Aunt May KENNY.

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