Sam Diddam's Grave Site

Author

City of Greater Geraldton

Place Number

25461

Location

40 Maley St Mullewa

Location Details

Local Government

Greater Geraldton

Region

Midwest

Construction Date

Constructed from 1895

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Category
Municipal Inventory Adopted 24 Jun 2014 Category 3

Statement of Significance

The grave of Sam Diddams has some historic significance as remaining evidence of a larger old burial area used prior to the formal establishment of a cemetery in Mullewa.

Physical Description

Located opposite the Railway Station on the southern side of Maley Street is a small square piece of land surrounded by a tall metal pole and wire mesh perimeter fence. Inside is the overgrown grave of Sam Diddams. Consisting of a marble headstone and a metal grave surround, a clear view of the site was obscured by the fence and grasses covering the site.

History

In the first years of settlement the town of Mullewa did not have an official graveyard. Burials were carried out on the hill overlooking the railway station and it is estimated that approximately 50 graves are located in this area. During work associated with the railway extensions, many of the grave sites were unfortunately obliterated. However, one grave remains - that of Sam Diddams, the son of the local baker who died of typhoid fever on 22 January 1895, aged 25 years. In the years that followed a Cemetery Board was established and a new cemetery (the Pioneer Cemetery) was opened on the North Road, a couple of miles to the north of Mullewa. Then in the c1950s this original cemetery was found to be unsuitable for further interments and a new one was established along the road leading from Mullewa to Mingenew.

Integrity/Authenticity

Original Fabric: Largely intact

Condition

Fair

Place Type

Historic site

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Settlements
PEOPLE Early settlers

Creation Date

16 Jul 2015

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

01 Jan 2017

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