Inquest & Interment
The details about events that day came from reports in the Albany Advertiser and in The West Australian of the subsequent inquest. The Coroner decided that William died from haemorrhage and shock primarily from wounds caused by a boar which had attacked him. He concluded by saying, “In my opinion, I consider that the doctor should have gone out owing to the urgency of the case, but I leave this matter for the proper authorities to decide."
According to the newspaper reports William was forty-seven or forty-eight when he died but he was actually fifty. He was buried on 27 December in the Anglican portion of the Denmark Cemetery. He and May had no children and May and a Mrs Tallow were chief mourners. The pall bearers were Messrs. A. G. Pomery, V. Swallow, W. Warrington, P. H. Beale, S. Steere and P. Chandler. William's death was registered in 1938 in the Plantagenet District of Western Australia. In 2000 a member of the local community generously donated the granite to mark all the unmarked graves in the cemetery at Denmark. The inscription is already fading but it reads: W.P.OWENS/ 47 YRS/ 1937. The information, taken from the original records, is not entirely accurate but at least William now has a memorial.
I am grateful to Bev McGuinness of the Denmark Historical Society for taking this photograph and for providing me with most of the other photos in this section and to the Society itself for allowing me to reproduce them.