John Douglas AIKMAN

Age at Death45

Date Of Death12 February 1896 : Unable to find death registration.

Place Of BirthSt Cuthberts, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland


Spouse's NameAnnie HUNTER

  • Coolgardie Miner, Monday 17 February 1896, page 3

  • Kalgoorlie Western Argus, Thursday 20 February 1896, page 6

  • Map Balgarri is an abandoned town in Western Australia 45 km north-northwest of Kalgoorlie. It is between Black Flag and Ora Banda in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. The towns name is Aboriginal in origin and its meaning is not known. Initially known as Forty Two Mile the town was gazetted as Balgarri in 1898.

Name Of Mine On Which Last Employed
Barrabool GM, Western Australia

Diagnosis or cause of accident
Windlass barrel fell down the shaft, pinning Aikman to the side. He died several hours later.

Place Of Burial
Balgarrie Cemetery, Western Australia

Submitted by
D. McMillan and Eric Chamberlain



Cause of Death
Mine Accidents

John Douglas AIKMAN born 1824, Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland

Margaret Rose BURN married : Saint Cuthberts,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland

Place of marriage
22 Jun 1875. Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland

Other Information
Aikman, John D. "Western Australian Lonely Graves and Burials at Sea Vol 1 A-E" (2017) Coate, Yvonne & Kevin. Hesperian Press. Page 33.

West Australian - 17 February 1896.
John D. Aikman was killed accidentally at the Barrabool mine at the 42-Mile on Wednesday. It appears that the deceased was sinking a shaft with a mate named W. C Ward. Two shots missed fire, and deceased got on the rope to descended in order to ascertain the reason, before his mate had hold of the windlass. Ward made a frantic effort to stop it by grasping the barrel, but the barrel accidentally toppled over and fell down the shaft, pinning Aikman by the shoulders against the side. He was speedily brought to the surface, but died in a couple of hours. Aikman was a native of Scotland, and was a nephew of the late Dr. Burnes, of Edinburgh University.