We thought we'd look at the stories behind the first three burials at the cemetery. They strongly affirm the saying that truth is stranger than fiction! They comprise of a man found drowned down a well, a murder and a mysterious death. They are detailed below.
Burial 1 - Joseph Hunt
Died at Joyce's Flat near Moora on 5 August 1899, aged 72
|The West Australian, Saturday 23 September 1899|
Burial 2 - Sing Lee
Died at Warrdengabee near Moora on 13 June 1905
|The Daily News, Tuesday 18 June 1905|
A Chinese man Ah Kim believed his co-workers were going to rob him and attacked them with an axe in the early hours of the morning. Ah Kim killed a fellow Chinese man Sing Lee (who was buried at Moora), another co-worker Evender E. Ellis and badly wounded a third named Edward Pearce. Ah Kim was sentenced to death but this was later reduced to life imprisonment on the grounds of insanity.
Burial 3 - John Harding
Died near Moora on 22 March 1906
|The West Australian, Monday 26 March 1906|
Harding's whereabouts were investigated after he failed to collect his bread. An inquest into his death was held in Moora on 21 March 1906. The inquest could only assume the bones on the fire were his and returned an inconclusive finding as to his cause of death.
|The West Australian, Saturday 31 March 1906|
Cemetery listings on our website:
- Moora Public Cemetery - index with genealogical information from interment book
- Winchester Cemetery - index and transcription of interment book
- Perenjori Cemetery - index and headstone photos
- Three Springs General Cemetery - index and transcription of interment book
- Mingenew Cemetery - index and headstone photos
The Moora Public Cemetery was indexed from afar by virtual volunteers Fiona Bush, Lesly Singleton, Marcia Watson, Ross Croft, Sandie Keeble, Suzanne Marsh and Tamara McPhee. If you're interested in helping from work or home on similar projects please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.