Fuller, Edith Edna

Personal Details

First nameEdith
Middle nameEdna
Date of birth09/02/1931
Place of birthMuttaburra
Date of death20/05/1937
Place of deathThomson River Muttaburra
Age at death6 years
Cause of death

Drowning in the Thomson River


Daughter of Henry, labourer,and Clara Childerley.
Sister of:
Doris May – 21/09/1927
Thomas Henry – 30/03/1929

School Records

Muttaburra State School
Start Date1936

Cemetery Record

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LocationEast Central
Grave number151
AddressBroadwater, Muttaburra
Date of funeral21/05/1937

Died from drowning

The Longreach Leader Saturday 29 May 1937
On Thursday last week Edith Fuller (6) was drowned in the Thomson River about 6 miles from Muttaburra. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller and children including their daughter (Mrs. V. Little) went to the river for a day’s fishing. During the morning Mr. Fuller went searching for tent pegs, and Mesdames Fuller and Little stayed over the bank away from the water. When asked where their sister was the other children said Edith had followed her father, and upon his return after about 20 minutes, he stated he had not seen her.
He and three others who came down to fish searched along the river, and later the police were assisting, and with the Council boat and grappling irons, the river was dragged. The search continued till 11 p.m. and resumed again on Friday morning, when Mr. A. T. Findelator found the body about five feet from the water’s edge where they had been fishing. It is believed that the child went down unnoticed to look at the fish which had been caught. The funeral on Friday was largely attended, the school children marching in the Cortege. Mr. V. F. Larsen officiated at the graveside.

[Source: Muttaburra. (1937, May 29). The Longreach Leader (Qld.: 1923 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved November 20, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37365990]