Qld Ref: 1897/000053
Cause of death: Heart Disease
FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
The weather here at present 13 all that could be desired— the days warm and the nights cold, in fact, yon require an extra pair of blankets to keep you warm. An old identity named John Murphy, aged about sixty years, was found dead at his camp on the 25th July at the Bowen Downs Wool Scour. It appears he was employed on Bowen Downs run for many years past to poison dingoes. On the 22nd July be went to the station to get his usual fortnightly was last seen alive on the 23rd July by a Chinaman named Jimmy Ah Young. The Chinaman is camped about there. On the 25th July Jimmy did not see Murphy going his rounds, so he went up to his tent and discovered him lying dead. The case was reported to the officer-in-charge of police, and he lost no time in sending out Constable McEIhiney to bury the body. An inquiry was held before Mr. P. Fraser, J.P., to ascertain the cause of death. The evidence showed that the cause of death was exposure.
[Source: MUTTABURRA. (1897, August 7). The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld : 1875 – 1929), p. 29. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article68181941]