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White, Ethel Mary (1876–1898)

Miss Ethel Mary White, aged 22, has been drowned at Booloominbah, near Armidale. At the inquest held yesterday afternoon evidence was given showing that deceased, with her three sisters and several other young ladies were picnicing on the Tillbuster Creek. The younger sisters went into a waterhole to bathe. One of the bathers being in difficulties in the water, Miss Ethel White, while fully dressed, jumped in to her assistance. Miss Ethel White was unable to swim and, the water being 9ft. deep, she was drowned. A coachman named McKeown, hearing the screams of the girls, came running to the edge of the creek, and succeeded, with difficulty, in rescuing the younger sister. He was, however, too exhausted to dive for the deceased. The body was afterwards dragged to the surface with a wire hook, but all efforts to restore animation were fruitless. Miss White was a niece of the late Mr. James White, M.L.C.

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'White, Ethel Mary (1876–1898)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/white-ethel-mary-14034/text24978, accessed 13 December 2017.

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