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John Aspinall’s Lonely Grave

Laverton

There's no sadder sight than that of a lonely grave in the wilderness. But a visit to John Aspinall's resting place is strangely uplifting because of the remarkable story of its 're-discovery' in 1980 by Alf Thompson and the efforts he went to in order to discover the identity and history of the 23-year-old New Zealander who was buried there in 1896.

An amazing story on many levels, what Alf's detective work uncovered was the existence of a quite extraordinary diary written by John Aspinall, detailing his exploits on WA's goldfields, with the final entry being just a day or so prior to his untimely end – struck by a bolt of lightning while prospecting south-west of Laverton at a place known as Hawks Nest.  Today, Aspinall's published diary, 'And Some Found Graves: the Goldfields Diary of John Aspinall' (Hesperian Press, 1993), remains one of the most candid accounts of early Goldfields life.

John Aspinall’s grave is an official site on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail.


  • John Aspinall’s Lonely Grave
  • John Aspinall’s Lonely Grave
  • John Aspinall’s Lonely Grave
  • John Aspinall’s Lonely Grave
  • John Aspinall’s Lonely Grave

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