The sad ending to a life giving promise of a useful and brilliant future is recorded by the death of Mr. Percy Carl De Beer, who died at a private hospital in Melbourne on Tuesday morning, after an operation on the bowels. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon De Beer, of 'Otago,' Charnwood Road, St. Kilda, and was only in his 23rd year. He was educated at Wesley College, where he had gained various scholarships, and had entered upon his University course as a civil and mining engineer. On Saturday last he was present at the conferring of degrees at the University, and in the evening joined a Theatre party. On arriving home he complained of being in pain, and a doctor was immediately summoned. A critical operation was performed on Monday, but he died about fourteen hours afterwards. This blow has proved a sad and trying experience for the bereaved parents and relatives, who have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends.
'de Beer, Percy Carl (1877–1899)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/de-beer-percy-carl-21706/text31866, accessed 27 April 2017.