Althorpe Lone Graves

Althorpe Island Lone Graves.

Below are the lone graves on Althorpe Island. In an attempt to save as much space as possible and increase the speed of downloading, only part of the stone is displayed. Flinders Ranges Research has the full photograph and many others as well.

The first person to be buried on the island was G Peterson in 1838 a 48 year old whaler/sealer. His grave is special as it predates the formal death recording in South Australia. The photo was taken by A Searcy in 1907. Since 1879, newspaper reports refer to G Peterson as a whaler, probably from the nearby whaling station on Thistle Island. The grave is now 180 years old (2018).

The original? and a later one.

Julies Garbis was the foreman of a guano party. He died on 8 May 1890, aged 42. The old photo (1905) was also taken by A Searcy, President of the Marine Board of SA.

On 18 September 1919 information was received at Port Adelaide of the wrecking of the SS Pareora. It was on its way from Port Pirie to Hobart. After a few days it became clear that of its 18 crew, mostly from Port Pirie, eleven had drowned but only three bodies had been recovered. They were Captain JC McFarlane, JG Braithwaite and Simon Cordies.

With special thanks to Michiel Lucieer for supplying the photographs.

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