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Claude Arthur Underwood (1860–1874)

About nine o'clock on Saturday evening last two boys, named respectively Claude Arthur Kingston Underwood, 14 years of age (son of Richard Underwood, of Mitchell Road, Alexandria), and John Michael Dooley, 11 years of age (son of John Dooley dairyman, also of Mitchell Road, Alexandria) were suffocated by a sandbank falling on them. It appears the boys mentioned, with some other youths, were playing at the game of "hide-and-go-seek" near the toll-gate at Mitchell road. Underwood and Dooley went to hide and selected a sand-cutting near the railway line for their plant. While they were in the sand-cutting the overhanging sand fell upon them, and smothered them. Notwithstanding diligent search, the bodies of the unfortunate boys were not discovered until about two hours after the occurrence. Dr. Hansard was called in and on examining the bodies pronounced life extinct.— Herald.

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23 October, 1860
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


31 October, 1874 (aged 14)
Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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