The following data is compiled from the Blackwood Register of Deaths held by the Clerk of Courts, Manjimup, from Church Records and from long-time residents of Greenbushes. It was supplied by the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes who advise that as the writing was difficult to read there may be discrepancies in the spelling of some names.
A Memorial plaque at the site of the Greenbushes original Cemetery commemorates only some 50% of the total interrments. Of the 45 names on the plaque, which includes two sets of twins, 41 are for infants ranging from stillborn (12)
to 3 years. Of these deaths, only one child survived beyond 13 months. Almost half (19) of these deaths occurred in the years
1907/8. It was assumed that the cause was an epidemic but until recently this could not be verified. We are therefore, indebted to Amanda Lovitt for the following information:
"My grandmother was born in Greenbushes in 1898 and her 7 siblings also. On
your website you refer to the number of deaths in 1907/08. Grandma told me
of an epidemic of the Spanish flu that went through the town at that time.
She had it, and was told that she almost died from it."