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Henry James Biggs (1866–1891)

The highest flood ever known occurred here to-day. The Werribee and Lerderderg over-flowed, and thousands of acres are now under water. James Biggs, a married man, was drowned while attempting to reach a farmer named Hinchcliffe, who resides on the banks of the Lerderderg. The waggonette in which he was attempting to reach Hinchcliffe was over-turned, and the horse was drowned as well. Marston and Abud, who were also in the waggonette, managed to reach a fence, from which they were rescued. Many families had to leave their houses. Ten horses belonging to Mr. Gascard were drowned. A young man named Roderick McLennan, a resident of Melton, was drowned whilst attempting to cross a gully near Glenmore. Fencing has been washed away in all directions. It is reported that the dog-trap embankment on the Ballarat line has been washed away.

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'Biggs, Henry James (1866–1891)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


8 May, 1866
Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


6 August, 1891 (aged 25)
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death