Darling Downs Obituaries, 1888.

From the pages of the Toowoomba Chronicle.

Compiled by Terry Foenander.

(This page is incomplete, being still under construction.)

These obituaries, transcribed from the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, are arranged in chronological order, by date of the obituary, and not by the date of death. The death date can be surmised from the actual obituary. An alphabetical index has been compiled of the names of the deceased persons, and precedes the actual obituaries. Each name in the index is accompanied by the date of the obituary, to allow for easy access to the report.


Ali, May 15, 1888.

Bridget Baker, May 15, 1888.

(Mrs.) John Brannelly, March 10, 1888.

Henry Buckley, April 17, 1888.

Robert Campbell, May 15, 1888.

Henry Cummings, March 10, 1888 and March 13, 1888.

Daniel Cunninghame, May 22, 1888.

John Davies, March 3, 1888.

Daniel Falvey, February 18, 1888.

P.H. Harris, February 14, 1888.

(Miss) ---- Jubb, May 12, 1888.

Thomas McWhannell, March 20, 1888.

(Mrs.) John Nihill, May 15, 1888.

John Parker, January 17, 1888.

Amy Richards, March 3, 1888.

Coutts Ross, January 12, 1888.

Amial Runtz, January 12, 1888.

E.P. Taylor, March 27, 1888.

George Watson, February 16, 1888.

Harding White, March 10, 1888.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Thursday, January 12, 1888:

We are indebted to Mr. Inspector Harris for the subjoined telegram dated Warwick, January 11th:

Two youths named Coutts Ross, and Amial Runtz, aged 16 and 14 years respectively, the former a son of Mr. J.R. Ross, manager of the Australian Joint Stock Bank, Warwick, and the latter a son of Mr. Runtz, surveyor of Brisbane, went out shooting on Tuesday morning at Toolburra Station. Not returning, in the evening a search was made, and both were found together about one mile from the station shot dead. Ross was found to have been shot through the heart, and Runtz had half his head blown off. From the position of the bodies it is supposed that Runtz accidentally shot Ross dead and then committed suicide.

(From Yesterday's Warwick Examiner)

Late last evening the town was thrown into a state of consternation by the circulation of the news that a fatal gun accident had occurred during the day at North Toolburra. At about half past ten o'clock a messenger arrived from North Toolburra carrying the sad intelligence that two young men had been shot. On the news being hinted at this office our reporter went to the police station, and ascertained the following particulars from Constable Kelly and the messenger who came in from Toolburra: - It appears that two young men were out duck shooting at North Toolburra, and by some inexplicable circumstance both were shot dead. One was a son of Mr. J.R. Ross of the Australian Joint Stock Bank; the name of the other we have not been able to ascertain. The sad news spread like wildfire, and general regret was expressed at the occurrence. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents, as Mr. Ross's son was a young man of promise and was finishing his educational course in one of the high schools of the south. The tidings of the event cast a gloom over the community.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, January 17, 1888:

An incident has occurred at Cairns (says Saturday's Courier) which combines elements of the tragic, the heroic, and the romantic. It is well known that the neighbourhood of Trinity Bay is visited at this season by frequent and heavy downpours of rain. such a pluvial storm has occurred this week, and in the course of 48 hours over 20 in. of rain fell on the eastern slopes of the Barron Range. The consequence was that the Barron and all its tributaries came down in angry and overflowing flood. In one of the valleys running into the range there is a creek called Freshwater, on the banks of which an old and respected colonist, by name John Parker, had taken up a selection. Freshwater Creek burst its banks, formed an anabranch, and surrounded Parker's selection with deep and swiftly running torrents. Parker, who was alone with his wife, was taken suddenly ill on Thursday, and died. The stormy waters were advancing, and the distracted widow found herself with the dead partner of her grief cut off from all communication with the outer world. The persistent rain still fell, and the bereaved woman was without even the comfort of a fire. Looking abroad to see if perchance any help was near, she attracted the attention of a neighbouring selector named John Nairne. With that helpfulness and hopefulness so characteristic of our Pioneer settlers, Mr. Nairne, with daring enterprise swam the creek, and with difficulty reached Parker's isolated dwelling - a feat as intrepid as that recorded in immortal verse by the German poet. Nairne found Mrs. Parker distracted with grief, but with magnanimous effort he accomplished her safe removal across the rising tide to the haven of his own home, where she was tended with sympathetic care. But Nairne's deeds of charity were only half accomplished when he had secured the safety of the living. It was necessary that respect should be shown to the beloved dead. A coffin was procured and it is to be floated across the creek to the desolated home of Mrs. Parker, to give reverent sepulture in green vine scrub to the remains of the old pioneer, mid the dirge of the storm waters. (The incident will be found recorded in our telegram from Cairns in this day's supplement. - ED. T.C.)


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, February 14, 1888:

I will be remembered that we announced in a recent issue the filing of his petition by Mr. P.H. Harris, jeweller, of this town, the first meeting of creditors being fixed for the 23rd instant. Mr. Harris for some time past has been suffering from acute consumption, and he succumbed to that disease on Sunday last. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the general cemetery, the burial service being that in accordance with the Jewish ritual.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Thursday, February 16, 1888:

The particulars of a fatal accident which occurred at the warehouse of Messrs. A.S. Leslie and Co., are thus reported in Tuesday's Courier: - " A fatal accident occurred yesterday afternoon about half past 2 o'clock in A.S. Leslie and Co.'s warehouse in Edward Street. One of the company's employees named George Watson, 37 years of age, was passing underneath the lift, which was descending at a rapid pace, and before he could get out of its way, he was struck violently on the chest, and knocked senseless. He was soon afterwards removed to the hospital, where it was found he had sustained fractures of the right leg, left arm, and spine, and his chest was also badly injured. Dr. Thomson amputated his injured arm; but the poor fellow succumbed to his injuries about a quarter past 6. The deceased resided with his wife and four children at Rosalie, and was well known and highly respected." Yesterday's Courier says: - "There was a large attendance at the funeral of the late George Watson, who died at the hospital on Monday evening from injuries received through a lift falling on him at A.S. Leslie and Co.'s warehouse, Edward Street. The cortege left the institution about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. In connection with this case we learn that the deceased, who was employee of Messrs. Evans, Anderson, and Phelan, was engaged in making some alterations to the lift machinery, and while standing on the basement floor beneath the cage he undid some of the gear, causing the lift to fall on him. Drs. Rendle and Purcell were called in, and the deceased was soon afterwards removed to the hospital.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Saturday, February 18, 1888:

Yesterday morning about nine o'clock, as Mr. Spicer Briggs was driving into town he saw the dead body of a man lying on the roadside, on the old Ramsay road, about six miles from Toowoomba. Without disturbing the body Mr. Briggs at once drove to the police station and gave information to the police. Constable McCabe returned with Mr. Briggs, and it was then discovered that the body was that of Daniel Falvey, aged about 30 years, son of Mr. Daniel Falvey of the Sugar Loaf. The body was at once taken in Mr. Brigg's conveyance to the hospital morgue, and an order was issued by the Police Magistrate for a post mortem examination. Yesterday afternoon Dr. Roberts made the examination and we understand that his opinion is that deceased died from suffocation. Deceased was in town yesterday and left the residence of his sister Mrs. Zeller, in Hume Street, just after midnight to ride to his selection at Ramsay. It is supposed that he fell from his horse and was stunned. The body was found face downwards and it is thought that deceased was thrown in this position, and being stunned by the fall was suffocated without recovering consciousness. After the post mortem examination yesterday afternoon, the body was removed to Mr. Zeller's residence in Hume Street, and the funeral will take place from thence this afternoon at three o'clock.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Saturday, March 3, 1888:

The Tarnagulla correspondent of the Melbourne Age reports that an awfully sudden death occurred there on Monday morning February 13, when John Davies a very old resident, was found by a stableman lying on the floor quite dead about 7 o'clock. Another man named Masters, with whom it is reported deceased was drinking all day on Sunday, was lying on the floor beside Davies asleep. Davies was one of the original proprietors of the famous Prince of Wales quartz mine, and as his share of that claim received [pounds] 35,000, which sum he lavishly spent, and for many years past has been earning his living as a miner. Quite recently he sold specimens at the bank to something like the value of [pounds] 120, and ever since he has been more or less under the influence of drink. On Friday night, while in a drunken state, he had a difference with another miner, and blows ensued, deceased getting much the worst of the encounter.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Saturday, March 3, 1888:

On Saturday, February 4, a little girl named Amy Richards, aged nearly seven years, daughter of Mr. James Richards, who resides at the corner of Bath Street and Windsor Lane, Parnell, was (says the New Zealand Herald) instantaneously killed by falling over the precipice at Dr. Campbell's Point to the beach. The child, with an elder sister two years her senior, and a younger sister, proceeded to the point to play, although they had not previously been in the habit of going there, as it is a considerable distance from their home. At about 10 minutes to 5 o'clock the fatal accident occurred under the following circumstances: Her elder sister called to Amy to come home, but the child's attention was attracted by some Christmas flowers growing near the edge of the cliff, and she tried to reach them, but in doing so lost her footing and fell head foremost down the cliff, striking several projections in the fall. A number of boys were on the beach, and one of them named William Hogan, tried to catch her as she fell, but although he reached her he was unable to break the fall, and the poor child's brains were dashed out against the rocks on the beach.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Saturday, March 10, 1888:

The melancholy details which we publish this morning on our fourth page of the dreadful tragedy at South Brisbane, resulting in the death, by his own hand, of Mr. Harding White, will be read with profound regret by a large circle of readers in this town and district. The unfortunate suicide and attempted murderer was a son of the late Mr. T.J. White, at one time one of the proprietors and editor of the D.D. Gazette, and was a native of Highfields. Many family relations are resident in this district, to whom we tender our warmest sympathy under these distressing circumstances. The deceased was regarded in his early days as a son of some promise, but drink was ever his besetting sin. All that could be done was done by a kind and tender hearted mother to wean him from the vice, but unfortunately without avail. The narrative published in another column discloses how a once promising life was blighted and brutalised by drink until not only was the unfortunate wife disfigured by blows, but under the maddening influence of brandy the husband attempted to take her life. The South Brisbane tragedy affords another terrible lesson of the evils of our present drinking system. A suicide's grave, and a memory stained with an attempt to murder the one that should have been near and dear to him, are sufficient to cause all friends of temperance to work more energetically to restrain young men from a too frequent indulgence in drink.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Saturday, March 10, 1888:

It will be heard with regret by his many former acquaintances in this town that Mr. Henry Cummings, the eldest son of Mr. Robert McHenry Cummings, who formerly kept the Royal Hotel in Toowoomba, met with a fatal accident on Wednesday evening last. The deceased was employed on the night shift in constructing the bridge over the river on the Southport railway at Tingalpa. He was helping to load a cylinder previous to its being sunk in the river bed. Some rails slipped from a sling, struck deceased and knocked him into the river. Workmates immediately ran to the water's edge but no assistance could be rendered. The body was recovered at two o'clock on Thursday morning and conveyed to Beenleigh by the workmen and there buried on Thursday.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Saturday, March 10, 1888:

Only about six months ago Mr. and Mrs. John Brannelly left Brisbane on a visit to the old country. Our last issue contained a telegram announcing Mrs. Brannelly's sudden death on board the Iberia, just after the vessel had left the Melbourne Heads. Mr. John Brannelly is well known to many in Toowoomba, having been an innkeeper here for some years. The following account of Mrs. Brannelly's funeral we take from Wednesday's S.M. Herald: - The funeral of Mrs. Brannelly, who died so suddenly on board the R.M.S. Iberia when on her way from Melbourne to Sydney, took place yesterday morning. The facts of the case, which are still fresh in the minds of most people, may be briefly recapitulated. Mrs. Brannelly and her husband had been on a visit to Europe, and were returning home to Brisbane. About 9 p.m. on Saturday last, shortly after the Iberia had left Melbourne, Mrs. Brannelly was suddenly missed, and upon a search being instituted she was found in one of the cabins dead. Her death cast quite a gloom over the whole ship, for the deceased lady had made friends of all on board by her affable and winning ways, both in the saloon and out of it, consequently out of respect to the deceased a large number of people accompanied the body to its last resting place; among whom were noticeable Mr. Birrell, chief officer of the Iberia, Mr. Cook, the purser, Dr. Kerr, and the fourth officer, also the Rev. and Mrs. Mitten of Durham, England, who were fellow passengers. Mr. Stolterfoht, Mr. Brannelly, and four tars of the Iberia, also attended. The corpse left the Iberia shortly before 11 o'clock for Man of war steps. Upon passing H.M.S. Undine, that vessel brought her flags down to half mast. The body was interred at the Waverley cemetery. The deceased had been during the voyage under the doctor's care, but it was not thought that anything serious was the matter. Heart disease is believed to be the primary cause of the unfortunate occurrence.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, March 13, 1888:

Regarding to the death of Mr. H. Cummings, formerly of Toowoomba, the Logan Witness of Saturday last writes:- On Tuesday last a young man named Cummings, working at the Yatala bridge, whilst at work on the staging of one of the cylinders, when a bundle of railway plates were being lifted, accidently fell off the staging into the river and was drowned. He was found by the divers with one hand firmly clasped to a snag in the bottom of the river and the other hand touching a pier pile. On examination by Dr. Nichols no mark could be found on the body, and it was simply a case of drowning. It is not known whether deceased fell off the staging or was shook off by the slip of the railway plates in the sling.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, March 20, 1888:

A private telegram received in Toowoomba on Saturday announced the death on that morning at Ashfield, near Sydney, of Mr. Thomas McWhannell, M.L.A. for Gregory. The cause of death was heart disease. The death of Mr. McWhannell will not occasion much surprise, as he had been ill for some time [past, and was only able to take his seat in the House last session for a few days. The deceased gentleman was born in Perthshire, Scotland, and educated there, and at the Andersonian University, Glasgow. He arrived in the colony early in 1863, and engaged in squatting pursuits, being one of the pioneer settlers of the Mitchell district, and afterwards he extended his operations to the Gregory and Burke districts, in which, at the time of his death, he still held large stations. He was elected unopposed to represent the Gregory district in Parliament in 1881, and was again returned unopposed at the general election of 1883. Mr. McWhannell was respected by both sides of the House. Although a member of the Opposition he was not a violent party man, his speeches being marked by extreme moderation, and they generally had a practical turn in them. On questions connected with the pastoral industry he spoke with authority, and was listened to with attention.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, March 27, 1888:

The many friends in this town of Mr. Frederick Taylor, brother of the Hon. James Taylor, M.L.C., will regret to learn that his eldest son was on board of the ship Eastminster which left Woody Island for Newcastle on the 17th of February last, and was overtaken by the terrible cyclone which visited the Queensland coast from Woody Island to Townsville, and foundered with all on board. The only passenger was Mr. E.P. Taylor. Some hopes were entertained that the vessel might possibly have drifted out to sea, but the subjoined paragraph, taken from the Rockhampton Bulletin of Thursday last, sets all doubt at rest:- "We are sorry to state that even the last hopes that the Eastminster had not foundered, fragile, though they were, have been dissipated. There was some chance, as a Maryborough contemporary stated, of the vessel being driven out to sea, and instances were cited to show that on several occasions vessels had been lost sight of for a longer time. Since the discoveries made by the Government steamer Fitzroy on the Keppel Islands, the residents at Emu Park have been on the look out for wreckage, and Mr. Comley, French Peter, and others made a voyage to the Keppel Islands. They found very little, if anything, to reward their search, but French Peter still continued the cruising off Cape Manifold - about twelve miles north of Yeppoon - when he saw the port head board of a vessel of large tonnage on the rocks. He secured it and brought it on to Emu Park, where he delivered it over to the care of Mr. F. Comley. It is about eight feet long and three feet wide, and there is no doubt it formed part of the port bow of the unfortunate vessel, for the name "Eastminster" is cut deeply in it in letters five or six inches long. A sweep was also found close by with the same word on the haft, and in close proximity there was a cabin door. There is little doubt now that the ill fated vessel struck one of those precipitous islands so thickly scattered thereabouts, and with her crew went to the bottom. Mr. Comley, who has taken no small amount of trouble in the matter, says French Peter made a careful search near where he found the wreckage, but could not find any human remains. The port bow is now at Emu Park, and can be obtained by the authorities, or the agents of the vessel.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, April 17, 1888:

Old colonists will regret to read the contents of the subjoined paragraph which we take from yesterday's Courier:- Mr. Henry Buckley, who has occupied the position of Accountant in Insolvency for the last fourteen years, died at 5 o'clock on Saturday morning. The deceased gentleman was one of the oldest residents in Brisbane, having arrived here in 1849. He was born and educated in Yorkshire and migrated to New South Wales in 1833. Shortly after this he joined Mr. William Hirst, and for several years was engaged with that gentleman in pastoral pursuits on Arabel station, Munaro. The crisis of 1843, however, which ruinously affected stock owners, caused Mr. Buckley to turn his attention to other pursuits. In 1849, he came to Brisbane as manager of the A.S.N. Company, which position he held with satisfaction for some time. In 1856 Mr. Buckley was returned as member for West Moreton in the New South Wales Parliament, where he took a prominent part in securing separation for Queensland. He was again returned to the first Parliament of Queensland in 1860, but in October of that year he resigned his seat and accepted the position of Auditor General. This office he subsequently resigned, and in 1874 he was appointed Accountant in Insolvency. He has been ill for some time, and his death was not unexpected by his friends.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Saturday, May 12, 1888:

With regret we record the death early this week of Miss Jubb who succumbed to that fell disease consumption, at the early age of 25 years. For a long time the late Miss Jubb was a teacher and ardent worker in St. Luke's Sunday School. The funeral took place on Wednesday. The body was removed to St. Luke's Church on Tuesday night at 9 o'clock. At 7 o'clock on Wednesday morning there was a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the congregation numbering between 50 and 60 persons. The service began with the reading of the 23rd Psalm (Introit). The favorite hymn of the deceased "When I survey His wondrous cross," and the hymn "Blest are the pure in heart" were sung. At 2 o'clock the first part of the burial service was said in the church, at the conclusion of which St. James' bell tolled 25 times. At the grave the hymn "Days and moments quickly flying" was sung, and the Rev. J.B. Wallis, B.A., delivered an address from the words "Why will ye die." The Rev. gentleman acted as celebrant at all the services, with Archdeacon Jones as deacon.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, May 15, 1888:

Our readers will regret to learn from our business columns this morning that Mrs. Nihill, wife of Mr. John Nihill, of the firm of Beirne and Nihill of this town, died somewhat unexpectedly last evening. The deceased lady had been ailing for some time, but she was supposed to be on the fair way to recovery, so much so that yesterday morning she expressed her desire to resume her business avocation at the store. In the afternoon the servant had occasion to leave the house for a little while and on returning found Mrs. Nihill almost insensible. She received immediate attention, but she expired shortly afterwards. The funeral takes place this afternoon at three o'clock.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, May 15, 1888:

A case of most determined suicide happened in Toowoomba between midnight on Sunday and Monday morning. The victim was a native of Calcutta, who gave the name of Ali, and he may have been seen in the vicinity of late, respectably dressed, and hawking about Indian silks and other goods. He was about 28 years of age, and for the past two months with the exception of one two breaks caused by visits to the outlying districts has boarded at Mr. T.O. Porter's Commercial Hotel. Of late both Mr. Porter and boarders in the house have heard deceased make remarks about family affairs and also threaten to commit suicide on a certain date, but as he was of a genial and lively disposition no weight was given to his assertions. On Sunday night about half past ten he retired to bed, and his moving shadow was seen on the window blind by the landlord at midnight. At breakfast time yesterday morning Ali was called but did not answer. A little later an employee at the hotel was sent to call again, and Ali not answering, and the bedroom door being bolted, an entrance to the room was effected through the window. The dead body of the deceased was then seen lying in bed in a natural position, with the hands folded across the breast. In a tumbler at the bedside could be seen traces of strychnine, and about the room were pieces of paper which had contained the poison. It was afterwards ascertained that deceased purchased a shilling's worth of strychnine from Mr. Goodrick, the chemist, on Friday last, saying he wished to poison a dog. Mr. Porter on seeing the dead body at once communicated with the police, and the body was removed to the Hospital morgue, to await a post mortem examination.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, May 15, 1888:

An occurrence of an exceedingly tragic character took place yesterday at the Auburn railway station (says the Melbourne Age of May the 8th), in full view of a number of travellers who were on the platform. Two men, named Lawrence and Lahn, bricklayers by trade, accompanied by Robert Campbell, a bricklayer's laborer, were yesterday afternoon at the station named, waiting the arrival of the 2.15 Camberwell train for Melbourne. Campbell was under the influence of drink, and was lying asleep on one of the forms on the platform. As the train came into the station Lahn called out to the sleeping man so that he might take his seat. The latter thereupon jumped up suddenly, and seizing hold of Lahn staggered backwards towards the edge of the platform, dragging his companion with him. The train had not been brought to a standstill and before he could steady himself, Campbell, pulling Lahn with him, fell over and to the horror of the spectators disappeared between the couplings of the guard's van and the carriage next adjoining. The wheels of the van passed over Campbell's legs, nearly severing them, breaking his back and killing him on the spot. Lahn, however, by some extraordinary good fortune, escaped the rails, and, keeping to the center, the van passed over him without inflicting any injury. All who witnessed the occurrence were surprised at his escaping unhurt. Campbell's dead body, in a frightfully mutilated condition, was lifted upon the platform, and was later in the day conveyed to the morgue by Senior Constable Flannery. Lahn, Lawrence and the deceased were in the employ of Messrs. Wright and Clark, contractors, of North Fitzroy, and had been at work at Auburn. Campbell was only 21 years of age. He resided at 25 Otter Street, Collingwood, and was the sole support of a widowed mother. An inquest upon his remains will be held by Dr. Youl today. So far as is yet known no one is to blame for the occurrence but the deceased himself.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, May 15, 1888:

The news of a terrible murder was received in Brisbane on Saturday night by the police. From the particulars to hand, it seems that a little girl named Bridget Baker, the daughter of a selector at the Bunya Reserve, on the South Pine Road, about fourteen miles from Brisbane, had been taking her father's dinner to him, to the place he was working at, about a mile and a half from home. She was accompanied by her little brother, a boy of about 4 years of age, delivered the dinner to her father at about 3 o'clock, and then left to return home. The road she followed was simply a bridle track through thick scrub, and the little boy states that when about half way along the road a blackfellow suddenly jumped out of the scrub in front of them, caught up the girl in his arms, and took her away into the scrub. The boy at once ran home, where he arrived breathless and crying, and informed his mother of what had taken place. From the fact that the girl had been horribly outraged some twelve months ago near the same spot, and then by a man whom she described as being a blackfellow, the unfortunate woman became almost distracted. She at once ran out to the spot described by the boy calling to her aid in the meantime a neighbouring selector. On arriving at the place the terror of the pair was excited to the utmost extent by observing stains of blood upon the track and upon the scrub in the vicinity. a few minutes' search disclosed the fact that there was a well defined track of blood marks leading away into the scrub, and this was immediately followed, the horrible evidences becoming more distinct at every step, and also being found on the bushes about the height of a man's shoulder as though a body had been carried through the scrub. After a quarter of a mile had been traversed, the lifeless body of the child was found, bearing every indication that a most brutal murder had been committed. The body was lying on the back, with the clothing saturated with blood. The head of the child had been cut and bruised in many places, and blood was still flowing from the wounds, which were of a fearful nature. Other evidences pointed to the fact that the child had been outraged before being murdered in a most brutal fashion.

The news was brought into town on Saturday night by a mounted messenger, and communicated to the police. Dr. Wray (Government medical officer), Detective Grimshaw, and Mounted detective Johnstone were at once despatched to the scene of the tragedy; but Dr. Wray and one of the detectives returned yesterday morning. The detective went back to South Pine, almost immediately with two members of the mounted police and black tracker, and last night every effort was being made to capture the murderer, who it is believed has not had time to make good his escape.


From the Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, Tuesday, May 22, 1888:

The danger of allowing children to be in too close proximity to the players on a cricket field is painfully illustrated in the subjoined paragraph, which was taken from the Glen Innes Examiner of May the 15th:- It is our sad duty to record a fatal accident in the cricket field. Last Saturday, at about half past 11, the Glencoe team were practising for a scratch match; Mr. Joseph Cunninghame's little boy, Daniel, was sitting on the ground about 22 yards from the wickets, between square leg and long leg, a direction in which a hit is seldom made. The little fellow's father bowled a ball to Mr. H. Shelton, which the latter hit hard, and the ball flew straight at the head of the unfortunate boy, striking him behind the ear and fracturing his skull, from the effects of which death resulted in about 26 hours. It is needless to enlarge on the consternation of the players.


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Deaths in the Melbourne Hospital - Index, 1867-1880.

Deaths at the Alfred Hospital and the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum - Index, 1872-1879.

Portraits of the Past.

Index of Nineteenth Century Photographic Portraits.

Descriptive Index of Great War Soldiers (from the Toowoomba Chronicle).

Hunter Robert Gordon Poon. - a brief sketch of the life of a World War 1 digger, of Chinese ancestry.

List of Qualified Jurors, Singapore, 1904; Names, A-L. - List of European, as well as local residents, who were registered to act as jurors, in the island of Singapore, at that time a colony of Great Britain.

List of Qualified Jurors, Malacca, 1904. A similar list of jurors at the settlement of Malacca.

List of Qualified Jurors, Penang, 1904. Another list of jurors, this one at the settlement of Penang.

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