Friday, June 24, 2016
A WIDOW AND SEVEN ORPHANS ALMOST DESTITUTE
A sad case of drowning occurred two miles from Landsborough about 7 p.m. on March 25. Mr. H. Wrigley, in company with Mr. Harrison, was returning home from Landsborough, and when they arrived nearly at their destination, a creek only dividing them from the former's dwelling, Mrs. Wrigley was waiting on the opposite side of the creek, and she tried to persuade her husband to remain where he was until the water subsided. To this advice he paid no attention, and divesting himself of part of his clothing he went into the creek and attempted to cross, hut unfortunately was drowned in presence of his wife. The body was recovered the following morning early, close to the bank, in very shallow water. No attempt appears to have been made to save him, Harrison stating that he could not swim. The unfortunate man was buried in tho afternoon. He was well known in the district, and an expert swimmer. He leaves a widow and seven orphans, ranging from 11 years to three months, to mourn their loss. They are left almost destitute. A meeting was held on March 26, at 8 o'clock, at Mr. Jolly's hotel, to consider the above case, and collections were made, amounting to £11 8s. 6d. A subscription list has been started, which will be kept open till April 9 to enable all those who were not at the meeting to subscribe.
Drowning at Landsborough. (1890, April 1). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), , p. 2. TROVE