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Photographs supplied by Peter Manlein / Father Ted Doncaster

The original Southern Cross Cemetery has been redeveloped by the Southern Cross Historical Society, with assistance from the Yilgarn Shire Council and Rotarians, as a monument to the pioneers of the Yilgarn District from 1891 to 1898.

The memorial takes the form of a curved wall displaying  the remaining headstones from the cemetery and includes several from the Marvel Loch Cemetery.  A quartz boulder in the foreground to which the descriptive tablet is attached came from the Frazer Mine in Southern Cross.

The cemetery was only used from 1891 to 1898 and consequently is an important reminder of the miners and pioneers who first settled this inhospitable area. The high incidence of typhoid on the early goldfield is dramatically recalled on the headstones of many of the miners.


Address:Great Eastern Highway, Cemetery, Southern Cross , 6426
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.228611
Long: 119.338333
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1891
Approx. Event End Date:1898


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 5th June, 1978
Front Inscription
To the memory of the Pioneers of Southern Cross who lived in the Eastern Goldfields. 
Most of these headstones were victims of typhoid and the deaths were prior to 1898.
The original narrow gauge railway passed through the Cemetery in 1894.
All available headstones were assembled and include 5 from Marvel Loch.
Erected on the site of the original Southern Cross Cemetery by the Southern Cross Historical Society and the Yilgarn Shire Council.
Plaque :
William Alfred MANLEIN, beloved husband of Annie Manlein accidentally killed at Marvel Loch, 10.10.1913.
Aged 38 years
Erected by his loving wife.
"As the ivy clings to the oak, so our memory clings to thee."
Inserted by his children.
Source: MA
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