Qld Ref: 1892/000023
A SUSPICIOUS CASE.
On July 6th a man named Oliver, with wife and child, passed Bowen Downs (says our correspondent) and camped on Cornish Creek, at the Tower Hill Crossing. At 10 o’clock the next morning they reported that the child died at 12 o’clock the previous night. Mr. Eraser, J.P., and Dr. Williamson, of Williamson and Thornton, Tower Hill, who had arrived about midday, went to view the body. The Dr. could give no opinion as to cause of death, and the parent’s answers not being satisfactory, Mr. Fraser refused an order for burial, and sent a special messenger in to Muttaburra for the Government medical officer.
[Source: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77215458 The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1892 – 1922), Tuesday 12 July 1892, page 5]
MAGISTERIAL INQUIRY AT BOWEN
OUR correspondent; writing from Bowen Downs 9th July, says:-Dr. Egan, Government medical officer at Muttaburra, and Sergt. Green of same place, arrived at Bowen Downs on July 8. The doctor held a post-mortem examination on the body of Annie Oliver, aged 10 years and ll months, who died at Bowen Downs on the night of the 6th instant. The next day an inquiry was held before Mr. S. P. Fraser, J.P., conducted by Sergt. Green. The father of the child gave evidence, and the doctor showed that death resulted from peritonitis, the disease being of long standing.
[Source: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77215500 The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1892 – 1922), Tuesday 19 July 1892, page 5]