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Halloran, Arthur Burnett (1853–1860)

The other inquest was held at Edgecombe Cottage, Parramatta Road, and was touching the death of a little boy named Arthur Bennett Halloran, aged six years. The deceased was one of a numerous family, and resided with his parents at Ashfield. On Saturday last himself and an older brother left school at the usual hour, at twelve, noon, and went to play. The deceased was then called by his mother to go with a message to a neighbouring house. As he did not return after delivering the message, it was thought he was staying at the neighbour's house; but on inquiry it was found that he had left almost immediately after delivering his errand. Search was then made for his body, which, after several hours, was found in a pond or water-hole in the garden attached to his parents' residence. He had evidently fallen in accidentally, head first, as his head was found sticking in the mud at the bottom of the hole. On the previous night he had fastened a bent pin to a thread, and inquired if it was strong enough to hold a fish. There were no fish, however, in the hole, but an abundance of frogs. There was a fence of wooden railings round the hole, but the gate was unhinged. Verdict, found drowned, with no evidence to show how he came into the water.

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'Halloran, Arthur Burnett (1853–1860)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/halloran-arthur-burnett-25586/text33895, accessed 13 December 2017.

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