Monday, August 13, 2012


Found Drowned. 

Shortly after noon yesterday the Water Police recovered from the river, near Birt's Wharf, South Brisbane, the body of an elderly woman which was subsequently identified as that of Elizabeth Blake, or Batten, who resided in the Valley. The deceased was 58 or 59 years of age. Her proper name was Elizabeth Batten, but she had been known for years as Elizabeth Black. Henry Blake, a labourer, with whom the deceased was stated to have lived since 1892, told the police that he had last seen the the deceased alive on Thursday at the Prince of Wales Hotel. She had just come out of gaol that morning. About three weeks ago she told him that "she had a good mind to do away with herself." That was the only time she had made such a threat. The deceased was a native of Wardsley, Staffordshire, England. Her husband is said to be in North Queensland, and she is understood to have two of a family, but their whereabouts are unknown. A post-mortem examination was held by Dr. A. H. Roe, who certified that death was due to asphyxia by drowning.

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 1916, May 23, p. 6.

This link shows photographs of where Elizabeth was interred in Toowong Cemetery

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