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Albert Edward Turnbull (1868–1881)

An inquest was held on the 13th instant at Cross Grove, Colo, before J. B. Johnston, Esq., J.P., Coroner for the district, on the body of Albert Edward Turnbull, then and there lying dead.

Jane Turnbull, wife of Bartholomew Turnbull, of Colo, deposed, deceased was her son; he had been subject to epileptic fits from his childhood; about two o'clock p.m. on the 11th instant, from something one of her children told her, she proceeded to the river, a short distance from the house; the first thing she saw was deceased's hat lying on the grass; she looked into the water and saw something which she thought was his body; witness waded into the water about three yards and brought deceased to shore; an aboriginal carried him to the grass; life was still in him; witness then got blankets and warmed him, which soon brought him to; shortly afterwards he fell asleep, and slept for about an hour; his father then aroused him, and with his assistance he got up and walked into the house; witness put dry clothes on, and deceased laid on the sofa; suddenly he had a violent fit of coughing and vomited a quantity of blood; he appeared to be dozing; the coughing continued and his breathing got shorter; we then got alarmed; about a quarter past 7 in the evening he died; witness' son Wilfred had told her that deceased had a fit on the river bank and rolled into the river; he tried to keep him back but was unable; the water reached witness' chin where she found the body.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased met his death through falling into the Colo River whilst in a fit.

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'Turnbull, Albert Edward (1868–1881)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


24 May, 1868
New South Wales, Australia


11 October, 1881 (aged 13)
Colo, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

epileptic fit