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Grave of Onslow Thomas Carmody


Shire of Shark Bay

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Lot 346 Hamelin Pool Rd Shark Bay

Location Details

Local Government

Shark Bay



Construction Date

Constructed from 1898

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

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Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 12 Dec 1997 Category 2

Category 2

High level of protection appropriate: provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place.

Statement of Significance

The Grave of Thomas Carmody has historic significance as evidence of the isolation and difficulties faced by early travellers and settlers in the district. As a group, the buildings and relics of the Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station Precinct make an important contribution to providing a better understanding of the development of Shark Bay, with each place enhancing the significance of the others.

Physical Description

The Grave of Thomas Carmody is located in a small precinct which also includes the former Hamelin Pool Post and Telegraph Office (Place No. 17), harness shed, the former Post Master's Quarters (Place No. 18) and several other recently constructed buildings. Nearby is also a flagpole (Place No. 20) and the shell quarry (Place No. 21).

The GRAVE, which is situated half way up a small hill between the former Post Master's Quarters and the shell quarry, consists of a timber headstone surrounded by a timber picket fence, painted white. The words on the headstone are painted in black.


Interpretation material at the site reveals that it is the grave of Onslow Thomas Carmody, son of Thomas and Emily Carmody. He died on March 18th, 1884 at the age of 8 months. Onslow is believed to have succumbed to typhoid or cholera whilst travelling with his parents along the telegraph line from the old Port of Cossack, near Roebourne, to Denham. The present day head board is an inaccurate copy of an earlier one.


Integrity: High Degree



Place Type

Other Built Type


Epoch General Specific

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Early settlers

Creation Date

20 May 1998

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Last Update

31 Dec 2016


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