A native of the Torrens River district in New South Wales. For some time he had been employed by the Malcolm Property Mine, Murrin Murrin. He became ill and was admitted to the Malcolm Hospital where it soon became obvious that he was suffering a serious heart condition. He was a resident of Malcolm and a prominent member of the Malcolm Cricket Club.
The informant of his death was James John Henry HISLOP, father-in-law. The deceased left the amount of £291 10s to his wife. He died from Injuries caused by a bullet wound self-inflicted while temporarily insane. The deceased had lived in Victoria and New South Wales for 34 years. Deceased was
Harry Arnold was brought to the Mt Malcolm Hospital by the Lawler's Coach from Diorite King. He was part of a prospecting party at Wilson's Creek and was proceeding there in a spring cart and two horses. It appears the horses bolted and he was thrown out. He managed to get as far as his mate's camp but was unable to speak. He was considerably cut about the face and nearly all the bones in his face were smashed. He was also suffering from a fracture of the skull. He developed pneumonia and lingered for 10 days before his demise.
Deceased suicided by placing an explosive in his mouth and exploding it. He had been prospecting in the district for some consider time and came upon payable gold. He then obtained financial assistance to take up a lease. He then came into Malcolm where he stayed a week, during which time it is said he got on a drinking bout and lost the money which he required to take up the lease. Sobering up, this must have played on his mind and led him to take the drastic action that he chose.
Deceased lived in Victoria for 20 years. He was engaged in removing some machinery, and to loosen the foundations was blasting with powder. For some reason or other one of the shots went off too soon. Bownan, who was standing some feet away, with the bag of powder in his hands, received the full blast. He was fearfully burned, and was taken at once to the Malcolm hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries after lingering five days. The jury returned a verdict that deceased met his death through heart failure subsequent to injuries received by an explosion of blasting powder. Bowman was a quiet young fellow, much esteemed by those who knew him.
Mrs Box had not been feeling well for some time. She enjoyed Christmas dinner with her husband and family but shortly afterwards, complained of illness and called in one of her neighbours. When the neighbour arrived, Mrs Box had lapsed into unconsciousness and never recovered, passing away at 5.45pm. Mrs Box came to Malcolm from Rylstone, New South Wales, 16 months prior to her demise. She left a widower and two little children, the youngest of whom, died in March 1902, aged 5 months.
The death of the child was registered by his father. Mother died in 1901 - see OGM No 0492.
John Braithwaite was a miner.