Headstone and plaque commemorate Ivan Fredericks who was known as Russian Jack. Ivan Fredericks arrived in the Kimberley in 1886 to make his fortune in the gold strike. In spite of his noble deeds he never struck it rich. He was about 40 when he died in Fremantle victim of a hard life and hard drinking his last years spent in prison and a shelter for the homeless.
On the 50th anniversary of the Perth Russian church, the Archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Australia, consecrated a Fremantle Cemetery memorial to Ivan Fredericks, (1864-1904) better known as the handmade wheelbarrow-pushing Kimberley prospector Russian Jack, who wheeled an injured mate from their bush camp, the 300 kilometres to remote Hall`s Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
A recent published work by Peter J. Bridge titled `Russian Jack` aims to correct the many misconceptions and myths surrounding this man and contains a wealth of researched information on Ivan Fredericks. One of the many myths is that `Russian Jack` pushed his sick mate 300 kilometers in his wheelbarrow to Halland#39;s Creek . In reality it was about 30 miles (50 kilometres) . By this action of helping a sick miner , his legend grew and ensured his fame and immortality.
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