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Dight, Helen S. (1872–1893)

from Sydney Morning Herald

A terribly sad accident, which has cast a deep gloom over the whole district, occurred here yesterday afternoon. Whilst several ladies, members of the Mort family, and some friends were bathing in the Tuross River, near Comerang, Mrs. Edward Mort, of Derraquin, and Miss H. [Helen] Dight, of Darling Point, Sydney, who was here on a visit, got into one of the treacherous holes with which the river abounds, and before assistance could arrive they were both drowned. Miss Queenie Mort, daughter of Mr. Laidley Mort, who was rescued by her mother, had a very narrow escape.

The circumstances of the accident are exceptionally sad, as the rest of the party were comparatively near at hand, but had no idea of what was happening till too late. Mrs. Edward Mort is to be buried in Bodalla Cemetery on Tuesday. Miss Dight's body will be removed to Sydney by steamer tomorrow. Mrs. Edward Mort was honoured and esteemed throughout the whole district and the township of Bodalla, where all loved her as a true warm-hearted friend. Sympathy is felt by all for Mr. Edward Mort, who was away at the time, and did not arrive until some hours after the sad accident had occurred.

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'Dight, Helen S. (1872–1893)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dight-helen-s-17607/text29257, accessed 23 September 2018.

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