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Smyth, Butler Cole (1865–1886)

We regret to have to report the death by drowning of Mr. Butler Cole Smyth, age twenty-two years, the youngest son of Mr. C. A. Smyth, the well-known barrister. The deceased gentleman left Melbourne on Friday on a holiday tour through Gippsland. He stopped at Woorong on Saturday, and while bathing in the Mitchell River, yesterday morning, with several other gentlemen, he was drowned. It is supposed that he caught the cramp, as he was a splendid swimmer. The body was recovered about three hours afterwards, and will be forwarded to Melbourne this morning. On the intelligence reaching town, Mr. Smyth endeavoured to engage a special train to convey him to the scene of the accident, but was unable to obtain one.

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Additional Resources

  • funeral, Age (Melbourne), 21 December 1886, p 8

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Life Summary [details]


15 January, 1865
Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


19 December, 1886 (aged 21)
Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death


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