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Harry Briggs (1852–1874)

The Healesville correspondent of the Evelyn Observer reports that a half-caste named Harry Briggs, living at the Coranderrk station was drowned on Monday last, the 22nd instant, whilst attempting to cross Rourk's Flat. He and three others were going after cattle, when his horse went off the raised road and began to swim. Thinking, probably, he could get on safer by himself, he, being a good swimmer, let go the horse. He was, however, too heavily weighted with the clothes he was wearing, and, getting exhausted, began to sink. He called to his mates, "Save me, save me," but sank before one of the party, who was swimming towards him, could reach him. The flood is the greatest we have had for many years up here.

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Additional Resources

  • inquest, Argus (Melbourne), 3 July 1874, p 6

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'Briggs, Harry (1852–1874)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 April 2024.

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Beaufort, Victoria, Australia


22 February, 1874 (aged ~ 22)
Healesville, Victoria, Australia

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