Struck by lightning
The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts Monday 6 January 1902
Killed by Lightning.
A KENSINGTON Downs correspondent, kindly favors us with the following circumstances surrounding the death of Fred Rowe by lightning on Christmas Day:-Rowe was camped at a well eight miles distance from the head station in company with two other men. About 3 o’clock in the afternoon he left the camp to take horses to a paddock three miles distant, and shortly after he left a heavy storm came on. As Rowe had not returned by 7 p.m. the other two men decided that something must have happened, and started walking along the road he went. After going about a mile they found him lying beside his horse with his foot still resting on the saddle and the reins lying close to his hand. His hat, shirt, and moleskin trousers were torn, and there was a hole through the pommel of the saddle. Evidently both horse and rider had been killed instantaneously. Rowe was a native of Lymington, Hampshire, England, where his mother is still living. He was universally liked by those who knew him, and his death has been a great shock to all.
[Source: Killed by Lightning. (1902, January 6). The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld.: 1892 – 1922), p. 12. Retrieved December 9, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article76363097]