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Arndell John Hovell (1813–1827)

On Thursday, last an occurrence took place on the farm of Mr. Hovell, at no great distance from Liverpool, which has plunged the family into considerable grief. A fine boy, the only son of Mr. Hovell, was in pursuit of flying squirrels, and having, with the assistance of a servant, cut through the butt of a decayed tree, which they intended to fell in order to get at one of the foregoing animals, the top of the decayed tree fell into the forks of another, which caused both trees to snap off near the ground, and the young gentleman being immediately under the falling trees struck him forcibly on the head, and he was instantaneously killed. The unhappy mother, on learning the disaster, became insensible, and did not recover for many hours after. The body was conveyed to Liverpool, and an inquest held upon it, after which it was committed to the grave.

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'Hovell, Arndell John (1813–1827)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 April 2024.

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Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England


25 October, 1827 (aged ~ 14)
Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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