Alfred was an amalgamator to the Kuranui Company, and had been employed by them for six years. He had a grownup family, his wife Martha had died the previous year. Walter Alfred Cook was just 43 years of age when he was killed in the mining related accident.
The inscription on the plaque at Shortland Cemetery reads (photo below):
My Great Great Grandfather born 1823 Scalded to death 24th January 1874
When the boiler exploded at The Kuranui Battery
Loving Husband of Martha, Who was called home 11th May 1873
And Loving father
God’s Greatest Gift Is Remembrance
On the Tararu Road today there is a yellow Lion's Club Heritage sign that marks the area where the Kuranui Battery was located. Said to be the first steam battery with six stamps, that later increased to twenty. "Built to crush ore from the rich Shotover Mine and later from many other claims."