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The Body on the Road

Written by Annie O'Riley ( on May 3, 2012

This article was published in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal on Wednesday the 31st of October 1906.

“Beaconsfield Upper

Quite a gloom was cast over the district on Wednesday morning when, it became known that the dead body of one of the old identities of the district, Mr. J. Wade was found on the Gembrook road (today called the Emerald road), about half a mile from the post office. For many years he had worked fossicking in the various gullies, but old age had compelled him to give it up, and for some time back he had acted as caretaker for Mr. Leslie. He had gone for a walk on Tuesday afternoon with a friend, and after parting, was returning when death over took him. A magisterial enquiry was held at the Pine Grove Hotel on Friday morning before Mr. Wilson, J.P., when Drs. Muir and Bennie, who had held a post mortum examination on the previous day, certified what the cause of death was Brights disease of the kidneys and heart failure.”

Written by Annie O'Riley. Annie is the author of and has been researching local history for over 30 years. She is constantly finding new stories and characters to write about.

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