Local News from the Past
Freeman’s Journal, Saturday 24 November 1906.
Mr Robert Baker. On Thursday the 8th November, a very sad death took place at Nurse Acraman’s Private Hospital, when Mr Robert Baker of “Summerfield”, Bulla Creek, breathed his last after a few days’ illness, being carried off by pneumonia. Only one month previously he disposed of his property to Mr J. J. Garry, and with his wife went for a short holiday to the mountains. On the very day of his return, he was taken ill, and notwithstanding every aid that care and medical skill could provide, he passed away to the sorrow of his fond wife and children and a large circle of friends at the early age of forty-five. Since the time of his marriage he attended the Catholic Church, but only a few years ago was he received into it, and since then he has been practical in every duty, and in his last illness showed signs of a well instructed, exemplary Catholic. The remains were brought to St. Mary’s Church shortly after death, and there remained until the interment. The funeral was representative of the whole district, and the last sad rites were performed by Father Hennessy, assisted by Rev. T. Ryan.
The Catholic Press, Thursday 30 August 1906.
Mrs Wallett, Young. A gloom was cast over Young on Tuesday week when it became known that Mrs Wallett had succumbed to injuries received in a buggy accident on the previous Sunday. For over 20 years Mrs Wallett had, with her late husband, carried on business in Young, and her straightforward methods and kindly disposition endeared her to everyone.Wide spread sorrow was expressed with the children who had thus suddenly become bereft of a good mother. Floral tributes, letters and telegrams came from all parts, and further testimony of the esteem in which deceased was held was afforded by the immense funeral cortege. The Mayor, aldermen, and prominent citizens walked, and vehicles and horsemen made up one of the largest funeral processions ever seen in Young.
Young Witness, Friday 13 August 1915.
Recent Burning Fatality. A verdict of Accidental death. The District Coroner (Mr G. S. Whiteman) held a magisterial inquiry yesterday morning in conjunction with the death of William Allridge (73), which occurred at the Burrangong District Hospital on Tuesday. Evidence was given by Dr Dowling, Constables Smith and Tame, Mr Jas. Casson and Mr J. Davis, who went to the assistance of the deceased, the facts being as stated in our last issue.
The Coroner’s finding was that deceased died as a result of burns accidentally received and which were caused by his clothes catching fire through the blazing up of a kerosene lamp.
Deceased was a native of Sussex (England) and had resided in this state for 50 years. At the age of 47, he married a Miss Rule who preceded him. The internment took place in the Methodist Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.
Historian Brian James contributes his column to the Young Witness on behalf of the Young Historical Society.