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Denis McEvoy (1805–1865)

Another accident of a very serious and melancholy nature happened here on the 20th of last month to Mr. Denis McEvoy. He was on his way from Gawler, in his spring-cart, by himself, and when about half way home, it appears, he stood up in his cart with his back to the wheel, for the purpose of lighting his pipe, it being dark at the time. When he struck the match the horse walked on, and he instantly fell over the wheel and injured his spine. Notwithstanding, he rose and tried to catch his horse, when he fell again, and was never able to rise. Mr. Amos Goodger was returning from Gawler with his wagon and team, when he found him lying on the road in a helpless condition. He instantly put him in his wagon and conveyed him to his (Mr. Goodger's) home, which was much nearer than Mr. McEvoy's. He lay there in a helpless state until Dr. Popham arrived, who pronounced him in a very dangerous state, and also stated that the sooner he was taken home the better. This was accordingly done. The neighbours, who collected in numbers to render assistance (which they are always ready to do in this vicinity in any case of need), had to carry him about five miles, which was done with the greatest ease. In about three days after, however, death ended his sufferings, notwithstanding the skill of two medical men. His remains were conveyed to Gawler on the 27th July, and there was one of the most respectable and largest funerals that have ever left this district. Mr. McEvoy was, as a neighbour, well respected by all who knew him. He was an old colonist of 25 years' standing. He leaves a widow and a family of nine, who are all well provided for.

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25 July, 1865 (aged ~ 60)
Port Gawler, South Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

horse-drawn vehicle accident

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