Kathleen was the wife of Richard Stanley CUMPSTON, engraver.
The following cable is held at the National Library of New Zealand
Evening Post, Issue 109, 4 November 1911, Page 5
MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN DROWNED PERTH, This day
'The dead bodies of Mrs Cumpston and her two young children were found in the river. Apparently one of the children fell in and the mother and other child attempted a rescue. No direct evidence as to the cause of death is forthcoming.'
My Cousin Michael Cumpston in Australia found the following item and believes that the family May have been related to the engraver, confirmed by the electoral roll:
Family members dying close together
(excluding mothers and babies dying in childbirth)
1911 - 1920
1911: Mother and two sons: Kathleen CUMPSTON, 25 years old of West Perth, and her sons Roland Thomas Bowser, 6 years old, and Eustace William, 3 years old, all died on the 3rd of November.
Deaths recorded in Perth in 1911
CUMPSTON EUSTACE W Male PERTH 614 1911
CUMPSTON KATHLEEN J Female PERTH 615 1911
CUMPSTON ROLAND T B Male PERTH 613 1911
Cumpston Police Cap Badge Australia
The Western Australia Police cap badge with what looks like, a QVC
"Queen Victoria Crown". Hallmarked "Cumpston", Perth. Western Australia. Extremely Rare. Date unknown. See photograph. Cumpston was a Perth based engraver, possibly the father of the children who drowned.
Please visit the following website to see many more Cap badges for Australian Police Forces
'Before the turn the of the 19th century, the most notable and widely used badge used by the Western Australia Police (by "other ranks") was simply a single, bullion style, Queen Victoria type, "crown" and after 1901, a bullion style King's type "crown"; which was centered on the kepi and was worn until c 1914. A "bullion" badge, was used by Commissioned Officers on a kepi. Early photos also seem to show some "cross over" use of the very ornate uniform and helmets used by some senior "militia" officers, who were also senior Commissioned Police officers; utilising the larger "Western Australia" Militia style helmet plate.
During WW1, an officer's style "military" forage cap with the new metal "bottle top" style badge, was introduced. The "Officer's" cross belt with this "Western Australia" militia type, metal badge, with whistle and chain, was worn by the Commissioner, until 2003'.
Gratefully copied from abstract http://www.ozbadge.com/ with permission of the site owner. August 2009
POLICE HAT BADGE ENGRAVED BY CUMPSTON IN PERTH
The following item was found by my cousin Michael Cumpston in Australia:
ASIC National Names Index
Australian Securities & Investments Commission Index of corporate and business names
Extracted from ASIC's database at AEST 06:18:55 on 15/10/2009
Name CUMPSTON'S ENGRAVING WORKS PTY LTD
ACN 008 670 184
Type - Australian Proprietary Company, Limited By Shares
Registration Date Unknown Next Review Date Unknown
Status Deregistered Date Deregistered 08/12/1992
Locality of Registered Office not available
Jurisdiction Australian Securities & Investments Commission
Previous State WA Previous Number C0360039F
These are the documents that ASIC has most recently received from or in relation to this organisation. Page numbers are shown if processing is complete and the document is available for purchase.
Date Number Pages Description
22/10/1992 003912366 1 528B Notice of Publication of Notice to Deregister Defunct Coy
10/07/1992 002799149 11 528 Application For Deregistration of a Defunct Company
27/03/1991 0867018A 4 316 (AR 1990) Annual Return
316L Annual Return