Henry Palmer

Name: Henry Edward Palmer

Date of Birth: July 30, 1859

Birth Location: Millbrook, Maker Parish, Cornwall, England.

Also Known As: Harry

Age at Burial: 54 years

Date of Death: 28 August 1913 – BDM-WA Registration Number: 6600128

Death Location: Capel

Date of Burial: 29 August 1913

Denomination: Unconsecrated Ground – Unknown Grave


Grave Transcription: 

Father: William Palmer born: c.1817, Millbrook, Cornwall. Died: November 9, 1882. Buried Millbrook Cemetery, Cornwall, England.

Married: March 17, 1857 (2 nd marriage for William Palmer)

Mother: Matilda Baskerville born: c.1833, Devonport. Died: November 9, 1916. Buried St. Mewan.

Grandparents (father): John Palmer born: c.1790 Millbrook, Cornwall.

Grandparents (mother):


John Palmer born: c.1844 Millbrook, Cornwall.

Sarah Jane Palmer born: c.1853 Millbrook, Cornwall.

James William Palmer born: c.1858 Millbrook, Cornwall.

Annie Palmer born: c.1863 Millbrook, Cornwall.

Frederick Palmer born: c.1868 Millbrook, Cornwall.

Emily Harriet Palmer born: c.1870 Millbrook, Cornwall. Married: December 1, 1902, James Semple.




Occupation: Painter/Pedler/Miner

Military Service:

Their Story

Harry Palmer was the second child and son of William and Matilda Palmer. William had married Matilda in March 1857. This was his second marriage. William was recorded on the English census as a gardener. His eldest son John was a boatbuilder’s apprentice and the younger children were recorded as being at school. Frederick was later recorded as Seaman, H.M.S., Emily a Young Ladies Maid and Palourmaid and Sarah a domestic servant.

It isn’t clear when Harry came to Australia. He is listed on the ship “Swift”, June 8, 1888, that arrived in Sydney from Tasmania. The ship’s master was Andrew Christensen, who was Harry’s uncle. Harry’s mother’s sister, Annie had come to Melbourne in 1863 from the Female Orphan Asylum in Devonport and after being contracted to a household in Geelong for 3 years, married Andrew Christensen in 1866. Harry is part of the crew of the “Swift”, entries listing him as cook and mate, until July 1892. In December 1893 he was trying his hand at mining when he sends a letter home to his brother Fred, from Southern Cross, Western Australia. 1895 finds him at White Feather, 1903 to 1910 he is at Mount Morgans, and is still listed as a miner. He came to the Dwellingup district and lived at the Hotel. His occupation was listed as painter.

Little is known about Henry Edward Palmer , only what was sadly reported in newspapers after his death on the 28 August 1913.  A friend Mr Charles Balchin did put a notice in the local papers, in a apparent effort to notify friends or family. Unfortunately as his family was all in England no one was ever notified of the death of Harry and his mother always wondered what had become of her son.

Trove Newspaper Article – The South Western News – 29 August 1913 – Suicide at Capel

 Trove Newspaper Article – The Beverley Times – 06 September 1913 – Suicide at Capel Verdict

Trove Newspaper Article – The West Australian – 5 Sept 1913 – Death Notice

PALMER- On August 28, at Capel, suddenly, H. E Palmer, (Pedler) (Goldfields Papers Please Copy)

– Inserted by his sorrowing friend Charles Balchin.

Trove Newspaper Article – The Kalgoorlie Miner – 11 November 1913 – Intestate Estates

Henry Palmer – three pounds


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© Capel District Cemeteries Project 09/01/2023

Updated 26/04/2024 from information supplied by Harry’s great great nephew.

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