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McCulloch, Claude Campbell (?–1905)

from Mercury (Hobart)

The lonely and violent death of Mr. Claude Campbell McCulloch, in his hut on Maria Island, by the accidental explosion of a gun, has caused great sorrow among many friends in Launceston. Mr. William McCulloch, Mr. Claude McCulloch, and their mother came to Australia some years ago from San Francisco, for the health sake of one or more of the family. Mr. William McCulloch look charge of the Boys' school attached to the Church of the Apostles. He had previously been a professor at the Jesuits' College, Riverview, near Sydney, but was obliged to leave New South Wales for the more genial climate of Tasmania. After a time, the state of his health compelled him to give up teaching altogether, and he went to Maria Island, to engage in fruit-growing. He was joined by his brother Claude, and for some time the two brothers led (for them) a rough and laborious life. Their mother remained in Launceston. The tragedy which has deprived Mrs. McCulloch of one of her sons took place while the other was away on business at Triabunna, on the East Coast of Tasmania. The Right Rev. Monsignor Beechinor, who know the family well, undertook the charitable and delicate task of breaking to the mother the sad news of the tragic death of her son, under such pathetic circumstances. The McCullochs had no near neighbours on Maria Island, and Claude seems to have been dead a couple of days before his body was discovered.

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'McCulloch, Claude Campbell (?–1905)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mcculloch-claude-campbell-14100/text25091, accessed 18 October 2019.

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