Wuchatsch family burials
Westgarthtown Lutheran Cemetery
Heinrich Johann (Henry) Wuchatsch (1866 – 1898)
Henry, the eldest child of Johann and Johanna Wuchatsch (née Graff) of Epping, died suddenly aged 31. Family legend has it he collapsed suddenly at home while shelling peas. A post mortem examination by Dr Wilkinson of Preston gave the cause of his death as 'Haemorrhage into pleura from lung'. Pleura is the membrane enclosing the lung, including the visceral pleura and the parietal pleura which are separated by a small amount of fluid. Henry was unmarried.
Henry's headstone includes the inscription:
On the resurrection morning, soul and body meets again:
Ernst Adolph Wuchatsch (1884 – 1889)
Adolph was the ninth child of Johann and Johanna Wuchatsch. He drowned in a waterhole on his parents' farm at Epping on 12 November 1889 while playing with a younger brother, who stated at the inquest:
'My brother and I were playing near the waterhole - he was trying to catch a frog when he fell in.'
Emilia Emma Henrietta Wuchatsch (1857 – 1898)
Emma, who was born at Westgarthtown and lived on her parents' Johann and Magdalene Wuchatsch's farm there, was 40 years old when she tripped onto a set of harrows in long grass while walking across paddocks one night with eggs for her sister Johanna Seeber, who lived in High Street, opposite today's Lalor railway station. Her death certificate lists the cause of death as 'heart disease, injury to heart — ulcerative endocarditis — duration of last illness six weeks.'
Emma's obituary in the Lutheran monthly journal Der Australische Christenbote recorded:
'She died as a result of an accident…she bore her heavy suffering for several weeks with great patience, at the same time borne up powerfully by the perceptible nearness of her saviour and now her heartfelt wish to be at home with him is fulfilled.'
Emma was buried at Westgarthtown on 16 April 1898 in the iron fenced family grave which now contains her parents and younger brother Charles. She never married.