Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shark Attack

DRURY.-On the 27th November at The Retreat, Petrie's Bight, Brisbane, Alexey O'Connell, youngest son of Albert Victor and Mary Drury, aged 12 years and 5 months, from mutilations received from a shark whilst bathing.

Family Notices. (1880, November 29). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Death from Convulsions.

A lad of 12 years, named Robert Charles Brennan, residing at South-street, Ipswich, had an attack of convulsions on Monday about 4 o'clock, and died shortly afterwards. Dr. Brown was summoned, but the lad was beyond his aid. A postmortem examination was held yesterday.

Family Notices. (1912, April 24). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Unpleasant death

JENNINGS -On the 13th September, at the Rocky Waterholes, John Oram Jennings, from inflammation of the   bowels, aged 2 years and 1 month. 

Family Notices. (1874, September 19). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Brisbane Father And Daughter Die On Same Day

A man and his daughter died within a few hours of each other on Tuesday, and their funerals took place yesterday.

The father was Mr. William James Hendle, 88, of 35 Kedron Park Road, Wooloowin, who had been ill for a long time, and his daughter was Mrs. Esther Maud Byrne, of 104 Abbotsford Road, Mayne Junction, who met with an accident a year ago. Mrs. Byrne's funeral left the Ade- laide Street funeral parlour of Cannon and Cripps at 10 a.m. yesterday for the Mt. Thompson Crematorium, and her father's funeral left the same parlour for the Toowong Cemetery at   2.30 p.m.  

William is great grand Uncle of the author

Brisbane Father And Daughter Die On Same Day. (1939, March 2). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 2. TROVE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Drowning Fatality.


There appears to be much truth in the old saying that when there is one accident there must be others. First we had the accident at Eu- mundi whereby Walter Thomas lost his life, followed by the one at Buderum which cost Miss Rowland her life. The third one turns up at the Maroochy Heads, where, as the result of bathing in the open sea, Victor Gommersall is washed out and is seen no more. On Friday afternoon last at about 4 o'clock, six young men, Victor Gommersall, George Irwin, Henrick Andresen, Frank Etheridge, G. Best, and Isaac Gommersall, went in for a bathe about a quarter of a mile from the South Head of the Maroochy River. They were indulging freely in about 3 feet of water, there being a heavy sea on. A huge breaker came in and the undertow carried three of the party, Victor Gommersall, George Irwin, and Heurick Andre-sen out to deep water about four chains from the shore. Gommersall and Irwin were close together, and the former, who, by the way, was a good swimmer, got hold of Irwin, saying ' Oh, my God, help me. ' Irwin took hold of him, but after going under water had to release himself in order to save his own life. Irwin got out to land with great difficulty, but while doing so saw Gommersall washed seawards. The tide was going out at this time, so that assistance had to be rendered at a disadvantage. The alarm was raised that someone was drowning. Mr. George Histed rushed down to the beach and saw Mr. A. Saint in the water up to his waist, while a form could be seen in the billows. He went in but had to return, and procuring a rope he returned with Mr. M. D. Mitchell to the water. The rope was thrown to the form in the water, which Andresen clutched and was hauled ashore unconscious.

Restoratives were administered, and animation restored after 15 minutes.

Nothing could be seen by this time of Gommersall. Word was brought up to the deceased's parents and to Nambour. The police, Acting-Sergeant M'Neill and Constable Adams went down next morning, and with the assistance of Messrs. C. Prentis, C Pickering, J. White, and C. Nichols, jnr., a search was made ot the whole beach from Mooloolah Heads to Point Arkwright, the various islands, banks, and inlets of the Maroochy River up till Sunday night. The search was continued under Constable Adams on Monday and Tuesday Constable O'Brien, of Brisbane, arrived on Tuesday to assist in the search, and left Nambour the same afternoon for the Heads. Victor Gommersall, is a son of Mr. Joseph Gommcrsall, of Petrie's Creek. He was a promising young man of 21 years of age, and was universally popular. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents by the whole community.

Drowning Fatality. (1906, January 5). Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser (Qld. : 1903 - 1922), p. 3. TROVE

Victor Salisbury GOMERSALL  29/12/1905  1906/000410   Joseph GOMERSALL and Mary Anner SALISBURY



The body of William Bradshaw, an apprentice on the ship Orari, who was drowned on Monday near the Seventeen mile Rocks through the capsizing of a boat under circumstances detailed in Tues- day's "Courier," was recovered by the   police about 6 o'clock yesterday evening some distance above the rocks, and taken   to the hospital morgue. It is understood that a magisterial inquiry will be held shortly.

THE RECENT DROWNING FATALITY. (1901, November 22). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE

Recorded in the Qld BDM index as Wilfred BRADSHAW  18/11/1901   1901/003867  father William BRADSHAW and no mother

Friday, October 17, 2014


William Frederick Giles Duffy was brought before Messrs. J. M. Parlane and E. J. Gilmore, at the police Court yesterday morning, on suspicion of being of unsound mind. Emma Giles Duffy, a daughter of the suspect, and Act. Sergt. Kean, of Goodna, gave evidence, whilst certificates signed by Drs. W. H. von Lossberg and J. Flynn were tendered. In effect the evidence was that Duffy, who was recently charged with having committed grievous bodily harm to his wife, a charge which was subsequently reduced to assault, on which he was bound over to keep the peace, on Monday sharpened a knife, and, after tea, threatened to cut his own and his children's throats, and also threatened to drown himself, being, apparently, under the impression that they would be turned out of their home because he had recently borrowed £20 on the security of his property. He was ordered to he sent to the Asylum for the insane at Goodna.

SENT TO THE GOODNA ASYLUM. (1910, July 27). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 4 Edition: DAILY. TROVE