Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – Drover speared by blacks

This week, I decided to see if I could find an article about one of my ancestor’s siblings, or their spouses.  I therefore decided to see what I could find about Frederick John Morck, and I found the following article:

Drover speared by blacks
“A Drover Speared by Blacks,” Coolgaride Miner, Monday, 18 June 1900, p. 5, col. 7; digital images, Trove ( : accessed 1 Mar 2016).

Port Darwin, June 17.

Frederick Morck, a drover in charge of fat bullocks, who was en route for Wyndham, was speared by blacks on May 20, on the old Willaroo station, the scene of the murder of the late Mr W. S. Scott. A spear struck Morck in the thigh, inflicting a nasty wound, and another struck his horse. In this state Morck got back to camp, where he was laid up for 10 days. After that he got to Auvergne station with the bullocks, and is now recovering.

The blacks also attacked Walter Rees, of the same party, the day before, showing great determination in their onslaught. The native women told Morck’s boys not to go near the blacks, as they had killed white men before. These blacks are probably the same tribe who killed Scott. Morck’s party are warning travellers to use precaution in travelling through this district.

Frederick John Morck was born in 1857 in Woolshed Creek, Victoria (his birth entry shows his name was Ludwig Frederick)   He married Martha Agnes Ball in 1901 in Victoria.  They had one son, Frederick William, who was born in 1902 at Jamieson, Victoria.  By 1904, the family had moved to Western Australia, where daughter Mary Agnes was born.

Martha died the following year, in 1905, probably at Mt Malcolm, as she is buried at the Mt Malcolm Cemetery.  In 1909, Frederick married Martha’s sister Alice Ida Ball.  The 1916 Electoral roll shows that Frederick John Morck was living at Leonora, and he was a drover.  Frederick and Alice both died at Leonora, and were buried at the Leonora Cemetery.  Frederick died 19 July 1917 and Alice died 16 May 1919,