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Alfred Australia Howe (1825–1837)

At the McLeay River, on Wednesday evening, the 17th January, Master Alfred Australia Howe, aged 12 years, second son of the late Robert Howe, Esq., of Sydney. This unfortunate youth whilst washing his feet in shallow water, on the banks of the stream, in charge of a man servant, was suddenly seized by a large shark, near fifty miles from the harbour, and dragged into the current. The man rushed in and grasping the boy at the hazard of his own life, pulled him out of the monster's mouth and swam to land, just as the fish pursued them furiously to the shore. The effusion of blood was instantly stopped, but symptoms of mortification exhibiting themselves, the Surgeon in attendance peremptorily ordered a removal to Port Macquarie, for amputation of the limb, but death terminated his sufferings by locked jaw, in a litter on the road. Eight years ago this unfortunate boy was miraculously saved from a watery grave, at the time his equally unfortunate father was drowned by the upsetting of a boat off Pinchgut. The good qualities and high promise of the youth are justly appreciated by all who knew him; and time itself can never efface from his unhappy relatives, the dreadful catastrophe which has deprived a mother of her fondest hope, and two sisters of their dearest brother. He will be removed to Sydney for interment in the vault of his family, so that the bodies of the father and son may mingle in dust together.

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'Howe, Alfred Australia (1825–1837)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 July 2024.

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15 April, 1825
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


17 January, 1837 (aged 11)
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

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