A weathered moss-adorned wooden grave marker tilts slightly towards the horizon at the Strahan cemetery, high on a hill overlooking the water.
Only a few hundred metres below lies the West Coast Wilderness Railway station at Regatta Point, which takes tourists on fun day trips.
And there one finds the Strahan-Zeehan railway turntable, which was moved from elsewhere and is most likely the device on which 11-year-old Alice Leatherbarrow lost her life.
“Affectionate remembrance of Alice Leatherbarrow, died illegible 1892, aged 11 years,” reads the proud marker.
News reports of her macabre death didn’t indicate where the turntable originally was, apart from at Strahan. It was part of the rail network which brought rich copper from Queenstown to Strahan.
And the group of children she was playing with could not provide much information, apart from that fact that they were pushing the turntable around and she must have fallen.
The Mercury described it thus: “There are several recesses, the sides of which are made of concrete with sharp edges, and it is supposed that the child went against one of these edges and could not get out of the way in time to allow the table to pass.
If you stand at her grave and listen, you can imagine the sounds of the children laughing as they play drifting up from the turntable below.
SOUrCES: The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954) Thursday 11 February 1892 p 4
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