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Hugh Campbell (?–1881)

An inquest was held at the Point Pass Hotel, on Tuesday, January 31, by Mr. O. H. Barton, J.P., on the body of Hugh Campbell, who was found dead on Anlaby Run the previous day. Mr. Ludwig Husler was foreman of the Jury. Henry Martin, overseer of Anlaby Station, deposed—I know the deceased, Hugh Campbell. Saw him yesterday between 11 and 12 a.m., at my house, on the Julia Creek. He came wishing to give over his flock of sheep. He was a shepherd employed on the Anlaby Run. He said his eyesight was very bad, he was half-blind; that was the reason why he wanted to give up the sheep. He has been twenty years in the employ of the station, was of steady habits, and his age was about 69 years. He was in the Kapunda Hospital, being treated for sore eyes. He came out about a fortnight ago. He had a drink of tea and a piece of cake at my house. Did not accept the sheep from him. I said I would see the boys and get one of them to take them. He said 'Very well,' and left the house to return to his sheep. He appeared to be in his usual health. This was the last time I saw him alive. Next heard of him through a farmer named Pfeiler, He told me Campbell was lying dead on the road between Point Pass and my house, about three-quarters of a mile from my house. Went out to the body with Pfeiler, and kept watch over it until Trooper Brown, from Eudunda, arrived. I have heard that deceased has suffered from heart disease previous to this, but he has not complained lately. Could not say what was the cause of death. I had no words with him when he was at my house, and he left apparently well satisfied with the arrangement I had made with him. By the Coroner— This was not the first time that he wanted to give up the sheep. He stated last shearing time that unless his eyes got better he would have to give up the flock, but he appeared to get better. Henry Pfitzner, farmer, of Julia Creek, deposed — I was coming to Point Pass yesterday at about 4 o'clock p.m. Saw a man lying on the side of the road, and found that he was dead. Went to Mr. Pfeiler, and with him to the district constable of Julia, Mr. Milde. We all returned to the body. I reported the case to the police at Eudunda. Went back with Trooper Brown to the body, aad assisted to bring it down to Point Pass. Deceased had his handkerchief in his left hand, put to his mouth. There was no sign of any struggle. Think he must have dropped down dead where he was lying. Ferdinand Milde, constable for the District of Julia, corroborated the evidence of the last witness, and added that he saw Trooper Brown examine the body. There were no marks of violence on it. Alfred Fuge deposed — I am a duly qualified medical practitioner, residing in Eudunda. Deceased was a patient of mine about a year ago. He was then suffering from general debility and disease of the heart. Have seen the body of deceased to-day, and made a general examination. Found the right side of the head and the temple a little bruised, caused very likely by a fall on the ground. Am satisfied he died from disease of the heart. There are no signs of ill-treatment. When I saw him last I did not think he would live another twelve months. About twelve months ago I recommended him to give up his employment, as any exertion might prove fatal to him, and I think he acted imprudently in remaining in his employ. Alfred Brown, police trooper in charge of Eudunda Police Station, gave corroborative evidence. The Jury returned a verdict of death from disease of the heart.

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'Campbell, Hugh (?–1881)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


January, 1881
Kapunda, South Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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