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Petrie, Walter Daniel (1827–1848)

The friends of Mr. Walter Petrie, a young man aged between 20 and 21 years, were excessively alarmed on the evening of the 25th instant at his sudden disappearance, no tidings of his whereabouts being obtained by the members of his family, after repeated inquiries. As he was known to have occasion to cross the river to join his father's punt alone, proceeding to Ipswich, fears were entertained that he had been drowned in the river. Search was made in every direction, but without effect, all the two following days, when, melancholy to relate, the unfortunate young man's remains were found, on the 28th, (by a person casually passing that way) lying in a small creek near his father's residence. An inquest was held upon the body, when from the evidence adduced there can be no doubt the unfortunate young man was attempting to cross the creek by the aid of a log or fallen tree, when his foot slipped, and falling head foremost into the mud was suffocated before he could extricate himself. His remains were followed to its final resting place by a numerous body of the townspeople, by whom he was generally respected. The death of this young man has been a sad bereavement to his parents. His father, Mr. Andrew Petrie, has within the last few months lost the sight of both his eyes through opthalmia, and the late melancholy event has removed one of his principal aids in the support of the family.

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'Petrie, Walter Daniel (1827–1848)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/petrie-walter-daniel-16165/text28117, accessed 24 October 2017.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

9 July 1827
Scotland

Death

25 April 1848
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

drowned

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