Died from supposed want of water
The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts Tuesday 6 February 1894
Death from Thirst.
Our Bowen Downs correspondent writes on the 29th January:—On the 27th an old man named Charles Brown, better known as ” Old Brownie,” formerly a dam-maker, was found dead at the Windmill Dam, about three miles from Mt. Cornish.
It was reported to the police and Messrs. Edkins and S. F. Eraser, JJ.P., and Dr. Lindsay went out and held an enquiry, when it was found the poor old fellow had perished for want of water. He left Bowen Downs a few days ago (he had been spelling for a few days) on his way to Muttaburra; the distance he would have to travel without water would be from Bowen Downs washpool to Mt. Cornish, say 22 miles. There are lots of men who are running the same risk every day; they have not the means to buy a water-bag, and it is no joke carrying “bluey” over the downs in this weather.
[Source: Death from Thirst. (1894, February 6). The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld.: 1892 – 1922), p. 6. Retrieved November 9, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article79731368]