FIERY ENDS FOR THOMAS BULLOCK AND EDWARD GRAY, NEIGHBOURING SELECTORS BETWEEN RED HILL AND FLINDERS, VIC., AUST.
CLEARING THEIR SELECTIONS CAUSED TWO NEIGHBOURS THEIR LIVES.
Type BALNARRING, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON in your search bar, click on the first result, and look for the Bullock and Gray grants at the south west corner of the parish, separated by Tucks Rd and fronting the north side of Shands Rd.
The place of death is given for neither in their death records and neither is recorded as being buried at Flinders or Dromana Cemeteries.
F.Bullock was the grantee of 96 acres at Melway 190 E-F12, the north west corner being the bend in the Mornington-Flinders Rd and Tucks Rd the eastern boundary.
Mr. Candler, the district coroner, on Tuesday held an inquest at Dromana on the body of Thomas Bullock, aged 51 years. Deceased had been burning logs for clearing purposes in a paddock near his house at Balnarring,and on the 10th instant, at about a quarter-past 1 o'clock in the morning, his son, when out shooting, smelt flesh burning, and searching amongst the fired logs, found the deceased lying on some hot ashes on his back in the paddock about 100 yards from the house. He was last seen alive at about 10 o'clock the previous evening, when he was poking up a fire in the paddock, and said he would be in shortly. His daughter, to whom he said this, then went in to bed, as did also her brother; and the other brother, who found the deceased, on going into the house found them in bed. Deceased was not subject to fits, but he dragged one foot, scraping the ground with it, and when he got on his back he could not get up or change his position. Deceased was dead, and a post-mortem examination by Dr. Rodd showed that the body was charred throughout externally, some portions being completely baked even in the internal organs. The back was especially burnt. The cause of death appeared to have been burning. The jury found that deceased was found dead, having been accidentally burnt to death.
(P.7, Argus, 14-7-1870.)
THOMAS BULLOCK'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number6709 Registration year1870
Family nameBULLOCK Given namesThomas SexUnknown Father's nameThomas Mother's nameCatherine (Unknown) Place of birthSOME Place of death Age51 Spouse's family nameHAYSOM Spouse's given namesSarah
GRAY Edward. Grantee of 106 acres at Melway 190 J 11-12 between Stony Creek and Shoreham Rd.
Mr Candler held an inquest on the 25th inst, at Dromana on the body of Edward Gray, aged 60 years, a farmer at Balnarring. On the 24th inst. the deceased and his son were burning trees, to clear a paddock, and the son hearing a tree fall near the deceased went up and found the deceased lying dead,with a log across his feet. The deceased was digging at a sapling, when the burning tree fell on him. His skull was fractured. A verdict of "accidentally killed" was returned.(P.7, Argus,29-9-1874.)
EDWARD GRAY'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number7475 Registration year1874
Family nameGRAY Given namesEdward SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameMartha (Unknown) Place of birthENGL Place of death Age60 Spouse's family nameBUTCHER Spouse's given namesCharlotte
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