Press Release - Dressing the Graves – Names of the 2019 Honoured Announced


Preparations for 2019 Dressing the Graves events during the Kernewek Lowender are well under way. Volunteers have been planning the program for each of the four Copper Coast cemeteries. Supporting publications are being prepared for sale during the ceremonies. (A booklet with the 2019 graves being honoured will be available for $15 and a book, Copper Brought Them Here - Volume 1, recording all graves honoured from the beginning of the Dressing the Graves event to 2017, will be available for $30.)

Dressing the Graves again received more nominations than places available this year and the committee were very regretful to have to refuse some nominations for this round. People are encouraged, however, to renominate for 2021 ceremonies. It illustrates that greater interest is being generated for this very unique and moving event during the Kernewek Lowender.

The Dressing the Graves events have a theme for each cemetery – Greens Plains West – Farming, Wallaroo – World War 1, Kadina – Pioneer children, and Moonta – Pioneer Funeral. The Committee also decided to revisit one of the initial graves dressed in 2001, Leyshon Jones, Smelter Manager. At that time, families did not nominate their ancestor and those honoured were chosen entirely by the committee from high profile community members. Families were not necessarily involved and information was limited. This retrospective adds more knowledge to the life of Leyshon Jones, about whom Greg Drew has written a book.

A wide cross section of the community was nominated. Religion, Military Service, Community Service and commitment to family were significant highlights of the lives of the people being honoured this year.

The successful nominees for 2019 are:-

Greens Plains Cemetery 1030 am Tuesday 14 May 2019

Albert Bussenschutt Junior, Farmer and Cabinet Maker, Christopher Henry Charlton, Farmer, Elizabeth Hastelow nee Storer, Farmer’s Wife, Alfred Rodda, Farmer and Council Chairman, Edwin Frederick (Ted) Schirmer, Upholsterer, Emma Skipworth-Rodda nee Rowe, Farmer’s Wife and Augustus Frederick Skipworth, First Wheat Farmer of Yorke Peninsula.

Wallaroo Cemetery 1.30 pm Tuesday 14 May 2019

Thomas Cairns, World War 1 Veteran, George James Coward, Miller and Railway Worker, Mary Ann Harris nee Rowe, Miner’s Wife, John Frederick Herbert, Carpenter, Mayor and Member of Parliament, Captain Leyshon Jones, Smelter Manager, Ray Letheby, Pharmaceutical Chemist, William Henry May, Engineer and Cyril John Prosser, World War 1 Veteran.

Kadina Cemetery 10.30 am Wednesday 15 May 2019

Pioneer Children’s Grave, Robert John Daddow, Farmer and Councillor, Joseph Dangerfield, Seaman and Farmer, Clifford Rodda, Farmer, Henry Thoday, Farmer, Richard Tippet Junior, Mining Apprentice, William Thomas Venning, Farmer and Machinery Salesman and Samuel Joseph Way, Mine Labourer and Railway Worker.

Moonta Cemetery 1.30 pm Wednesday 15 May 2019

Thomas Bowden Junior, Farmer and World War 1 Veteran, Ernest Alfred Duncan, Grocer and Weighbridge Attendant, John Thomas Hicks, People’s Weekly Proprietor, Jane Hooper nee Wade, Farmer’s Wife and Midwife, Cecil James Hubber, Mine Loco Runner, James Jeffery, Miner, Carrier, Dairyman and Road Contractor, and William Jones, Miner.

Moonta, with assistance from Moonta Area School students, will also honour over 500 infants and children’s graves in the cemetery. These sad graves highlight the high mortality rate due to various disease epidemics prevailing in the 1870s and 1880s and the social and emotional cost to the families and the community.

Dressing the Graves committee has been extremely fortunate to attract a wide range of sponsorship from business and community groups to finance this free event. Dressing the Graves would like to thank:- Cornish Association of South Australia, Yorke Peninsula Family History Group, National Trust of South Australia, Moonta Branch, National Trust of South Australia, Kadina Branch, National Trust of South Australia, Wallaroo Branch, Goerecke Memorials, Skinner Family Funerals, Vietnam Veteran’s Association, Copper Coast Sub-branch, Copper Coast Funerals and Copyking, Kadina.