Philip SaundersAge: 90 years18411931

Philip Saunders
Given names
Birth 1841 31 23
Christening March 14, 1841

Birth of a brotherWalter Saunders
1843 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterSarah Louisa Saunders
May 3, 1846 (Age 5 years)
Christening of a sisterSarah Louisa Saunders
May 31, 1846 (Age 5 years)

Birth of a brotherWilliam Augustus Saunders
June 8, 1847 (Age 6 years)
Christening of a brotherWilliam Augustus Saunders
July 18, 1847 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Saunders
1848 (Age 7 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam Augustus Saunders
March 13, 1848 (Age 7 years)
Burial of a brotherWilliam Augustus Saunders
March 15, 1848 (Age 7 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Saunders
July 12, 1848 (Age 7 years)
Burial of a sisterElizabeth Saunders
July 14, 1848 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a brotherEdmond John Saunders
August 18, 1849 (Age 8 years)
Death of a brotherEdmond John Saunders
November 24, 1851 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a sisterEllen Saunders
January 10, 1852 (Age 11 years)
Birth of a sisterSusannah Martha Saunders
June 22, 1854 (Age 13 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMartha Array
February 14, 1856 (Age 15 years)
Birth of a brotherAndrew William Saunders
January 20, 1857 (Age 16 years)
Death of a sisterSusannah Martha Saunders
February 7, 1885 (Age 44 years)
Burial of a sisterSusannah Martha Saunders
February 8, 1885 (Age 44 years)
Death of a fatherThomas Saunders
June 20, 1892 (Age 51 years)
Death of a motherJane Smith
March 9, 1898 (Age 57 years)
Death of a brotherWalter Saunders
1913 (Age 72 years)
Burial of a brotherWalter Saunders
September 12, 1913 (Age 72 years)
Baptism of a brotherWalter Saunders
1913 (Age 72 years)
Death of a brotherHerbert Saunders
June 20, 1916 (Age 75 years)
Burial of a brotherHerbert Saunders
1916 (Age 75 years)
Death of a brotherAlfred Saunders
September 30, 1918 (Age 77 years)
Burial of a brotherAlfred Saunders
1918 (Age 77 years)
Death of a sisterSarah Louisa Saunders
1923 (Age 82 years)
Burial of a sisterSarah Louisa Saunders
August 1, 1923 (Age 82 years)

Death of a brotherFrancis Saunders
July 11, 1929 (Age 88 years)
Burial of a brotherFrancis Saunders
after July 11, 1929 (Age 88 years)
Death June 6, 1931 (Age 90 years)
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Marriage: February 7, 1835Shirburn, Oxfordshire, England
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elder brother
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elder brother
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elder brother
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Philip Saunders
Birth: 1841 31 23Shirburn
Death: June 6, 1931Kalgoolie Hospital, WA
3 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
13 months
younger brother
William Augustus Saunders
Birth: June 8, 1847 37 29The Falls
Death: March 13, 1848Collingwood, Victoria Australia Reg No 4463 Vic Pioneers
19 months
younger sister
20 months
younger brother
Edmond John Saunders
Birth: August 18, 1849 39 31Collingwood, Victoria
Death: November 24, 1851Parish Of St. James Melbourne
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
-21 years
elder brother

  1. Generation 1
    1. Philip Saunders, son of Thomas Saunders and Jane Smith, was born in 1841 in Shirburn and died on June 6, 1931 in Kalgoolie Hospital, WA at the age of 90.



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(Research):Although Philip is renowned for his part in opening up the goldfields of the Kimberley District of Western Australia, it is not widely known that before this, he had proved the existence of gold in Western Queensland. An excerpt from the Australian of Wednesday June 19th, 1907, reads:- At the beqinnng of 1864 Saunders was pros pecting with a mate north of what is now the town of Rockhampton in Queens 7-and. IVot hi no papable beinq found, thek struck west to the ]Zeichardt Ranges, but the countrij was too inhospitable. After 6 weeks prospectinc, which could onlp be carried out in dazilight, owing to the treacherous blacks on the Leichardt River, Saunders returned with 15 os. gold, and caused the biggest rush in Western ueens land. In 1872 with Adam Johns he journeyed overland to the Northern Territory of South Australia, where men on telegraphic construction had reported gold. Gerald M. Browne of Perth on June 19th l936 wrote:One of Philip Saunders and Adam Johns bids for fortune as a side line, was the attempt to tame and farm the wild buffalo in that country, with the idea that the meat and hides might become profitable. This, however, after twelve months patient work in collecting young buffcz. and herding them, only resulted in a general stampede of some thousands, which entirely demolished their camp buildings and undid all their work and trouble. In June 1907 the Mt. Ada District Progress Association approached the Secretary for Mines seeking monetary assistance for Philip Saunders. The Secretary for Mines requested a full written history before the matter could be dealt with. The reply was as follows:Mt. Ada, 23 June, 1907. Hon. H. Gregory Esq., M.L.A. Perth. I beg to state that in the month of May, 1881 myself and partner, Adam Johns left Port Darwin in a small vessel chartered by us to Roebourne, North West Australia, with a view of searching for gold. Our first discovery of gold was Nicol River situated 19 miles s.w. from Roebourne. Next find was Ashburton River. Neither of the above finds we considered payable. Copper was the next discovery at J/him Well and Balla Balla. The next gold discoveries made by me was Richenda River 20 miles west of King Leopold Range. Our next find was Kimberley via Mary River, Mount Dockerell, Elvirn River, Paulon River. The abovenamed finds we obtained payable gold. While at Kimberley, Johns my partner was stricken down with paralysis. I was compelled to give up prospecting work and push on to Port Darwin with mp sick mate for medical aid. Durina the ears 1881 and 188t a reward of £ JJ was offered for the discovery of a papable poldfield. cent -In an arplication for the reward, but was informed nnt he reward was withdrawn. fir. Elardman, Sovt. Seologist inbevle7i the cowinp pear after vu discoveru of ft-ed of paId at Kimberiep was undoubtedly the f other finds hetnp opened up. I should be verp thankful should pour Post. th&* I have anu claim to ann consideration prom the State. I remain, Sir. Yours ai tbu 1 1z1, PhIl. Saunders. . Philip Saunders received an Annuity of £75 per annum until his death in 1931. A Memorial tablet was erected on his grave acknowledging the part which he played in shaping the destiny of Western Austral ian goldfields. For more detailed information on Philip Saunders gold prospecting expeditions, refer to the following books: The Rush that Never Ends by Geoffrey Blainey and The Glint of Gold by Malcolm Uren.