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George Birrell Sands (1844–1877)

from Kilmore Free Press

On Friday last, a good deal of excitement was caused in Kilmore, by the mysterious disappearance of Mr. George Birrell Sands, acountant in the Bank of Victoria, who had been missing from an early hour. The missing gentleman had been very unwell for some time past, and it was feared the disease had affected his intellect. A large search-party, including foot and horsemen was formed, who scoured the district, for the remaining portion of that day, but without success. On Saturday the search was continued, from an early hour by Sergeant Deasey and others, when the worst fears of Mr. Sands' friends were fully realised. Messrs G. B. Moyle and Geo. Grahamn who were searching for the missing man thought it advisable to drag a water-hole in the Racecourse, which was accordingly done, resulting in the finding of the body, at 9 o'clock, tied hand and foot. Deceased, who was only 33 years of age, was a resident of Kilmore for the last seventeen years, and much respected in his capacity as accountant at the Bank of Victoria. An inquest was held in the afternron by Mr. Holmes, P.M. (a report of which appears elsewhere) when a verdict was returned that deceased, George Birrell Sands, drowned himself whilst labouring under a fit of temporary insanity. His remains were interred in the Kilmore Cemetery on Sunday afternoon Mr. Bossence carrying out the funeral arrangements—a large number of friends forming the cortege.

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18 May, 1877 (aged ~ 33)
Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

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