North Road Cemetery pt.2 South Australian History

North Road Cemetery

These are SOME of the headstones of the North Road Cemetery. In an attempt to save as much space as possible and increase the speed of downloading, only part of the stone is displayed. Flinders Ranges Research has a full photograph of each of these, and many others as well.

Charles Rasp, JP. the discoverer of the Broken Hill Silver Mines, Died 22 May 1902. This monument was specially ordered, by his loving widow, from Italy and shows the Sturt Desert Pea.
Rasp was born on 7 October 1846 in Stuttgart, Germany. Charles came to Australia in 1869 and eventually found employment as a boundary rider at Mount Gipps Station near Silverton. Rasp married Agnes Klevesahl in Adelaide on 22 July 1886. In 1887 he bought a house at Medindie which they named Willyama, the Aboriginal name for Broken Hill.


Stephen King, Explorer, born 15 December 1841 in the Gawler district of Kingsford, died 7 October 1915 at Beulah Park. Also Louisa Mercy Margaret, wife of Stephen King born 2 June 1856, died 13 December 1951.


The monument was erected by the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (SA Branch) and friends in admiration of his pluck, endurance and Loyalty to John McDouall Stuart, as member of party who crossed the Continent when the British flag was raised on the shores of the Indian Ocean, 25 July 1862.


At the age of only 19, Stephen King was the youngest member of Stuart's party. On 2 May 1862 Stuart wrote in his diary, after discovering some ponds, These ponds I Name King's Ponds, in token of my approbation of his care of, and attention to, the horses, and his readiness and care in executing all my orders.

The Hon. Alexander Poynton, OBE., beloved husband of Harriet Poynton. Alexander was born on 8 August 1853 in Castlemain Victria. He died 9 January 1935. His wife Harriet, died 7 November 1941 aged 75 years.

Alexander was the son of Alexander and Rosana Poynton. At the age of 35 Alexander started organising the shearers. In 1889 he came to South Australia and settled in Port Augusta. In 1893 he entered politics and represented the district of Flinders until 1901 when he entered the Federal Parliament representing the district of Grey.

While at Port Augusta, Poynton was involved in anything and everything, including the mining industry. He took aparticular interest in the Angepena goldfield and was one of the first to take up eight gold claims on the newly discovered Worturpa Goldfield in 1899. However one of his most important and lasting contribution was his efforts to have a railway between Port Augusta and Western Australia. As early as 1894 he had been lobbying for it but had to wait until September 1912 before work was started.

Richard Moritz Schomburgk, Born 5 October 1811, Died 24 March 1891. Arrived in South Australia in 1849 from Germany and lived for some years at Buchfelde.
The Botanic Garden was opened to the public in 1857. In 1865 Dr Richard Schomburgk was appointed director, a position which he held until his death in 1891.
Under Schomburgk, several new features were added to the original plan established by its first superintendent George Francis, including many trees which still remain today. The Salvation Army held its first Australasian meeting in the Botanic Garden in 1880, and a tree, commemorating this occasion, was planted on its centenary in 1980. During Schomburgk’s time the garden provided services of considerable importance to farmers by introducing new strains of wheat, oats and sorghum. If considered suitable, they were distributed to growers. Schombugk also advocated the climatic and economic advantages of afforestation.

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Among other historic identities buried at the North Road Cemetery are

Members of the Mortlock Family
Mabel Marryat
William Christie Gosse
William John Peterswald
Charles and Alice Todd
Theodore John Charles Hantke
Members of the Beare Family
Daisy M. Bates
Joachim M. Wendt
Captain Harry Butler
Members of the Chambers Family
Alfred Barker


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