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Granite Headstone with metal plaque commemorates Quency Dilyan,  an Aboriginal man, who helped John Forrest and H.S. Ranford on their expeditions.  In 2003, the grave was restored by the Royal Western Australian Historical Society and was part of an Indigenous Culture Grant.  Although this is not the actual site where Dilyan was laid to rest, the general region is the whereabouts of his murder.

Dilyan an aboriginal, belonged to a tribe, which lived within the boundaries of Wandering and Williams. Dilyan travelled with explorer, Sir John Forrest and was so highly regarded that he presented him with a silver mounted and inscribed fowling piece (gun), as well as naming a spring at the Cambridge Gulf in the North-West of Western Australia after him. Dilyan, rendered sterling service on a survey expedition, led by Mr. R.S. Ranford, which visited Cambridge Gulf in the 1880`s and marked out the town of Wyndham, as well as effecting other important surveys.

B.S Ranford and Jack Dowsett later employed Dilyan as a shepherd for his notable tracking skills. Charlie Farmer was later informed of his performance and likewise, employed him. Whilst working for Farmer, he was sent to town to obtain some goods. On return, he was stabbed to death by a member of a feuding tribe.


Address:Bannister-Marradong Road, 5km South of Boddington, adjacent Boddington Cemetery, Boddington, 6390
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.839504
Long: 116.464488
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

Erected by the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, and the Boddington Shire Council to commemorate Dilyan. The aboriginal who accompanied John, afterwards Lord Forrest, and the surveyor, H. S. Ranford, on expedition to the Cambridge Gulf area in the 1880‟s. He was very highly regarded by both and died near Boddington.

Source: MA
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