Informant David Geddes, miner, The Island
Carnevali died from the effects of inhaling gelignite fumes while working at the Golconda Mine. At 9 pm he said he thought he was dying and from that hour until 2 am the following morning, remained in a comatose condition, until he died.
A full inquest was held followed by an exhumation of the body and a request for a full post-mortem.
Pietro had only returned a month before from a trip home to Italy and started work in No. 2 shaft of the Golconda on Tuesday morning. As events turned out, it was to be his first and last shift in this mine. He had been engaged timbering a steep rise and early in the afternoon had occasion to use half a plug of gelignite for a hole for a prop. When he knocked off work at 4 o'clock, he went home, washed himself and also some clothes and shortly afterwards, came to a neighbour's camp and asked permission to lie down, saying, "Oh, dear! Oh, dear! I want to die!"
Buried by Police Constable William John Grace (Regimental No.785) and WB Kelly (Roman Catholic). Witnesses present at the burial were JD Daniels and LS Hevron. Death certified in writing by LS Hevron, miner, Lake Austin. He had lived in New South Wales for 2 years before moving to Western Australia.
Died circa 25 July 1895 of cardia syncope which is a brief loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood flow to the brain. He complained constantly about poverty but was found with 51 sovereigns, an ounce of gold and £250 in his bank accounts.
An old prospector working at Gnows Nest, Yalgoo, stated that he was near Lake Austin in the early days and remembered two men, one of them named Harris, disappearing in the vicinity.
Was found dead in his camp at the Island, Lake Austin. Dr Ramsay determined that the cause of death was asphyxia due to falling out of bed during an epileptic fit and compressing his throat against a cross-bar of the table.
Death certified in writing by Inspector Overend Drewery of Cue. Cause of death is not certified.
Buried in an unmarked grave. The Island Cemetery has since been fenced, surrounding only 3 graves with monuments.
While working at The Island, Lake Austin, the horse he was driving became unmanageable and kicked Rinaldi Loranzo in the stomach. The following day, two of his Italian mates engaged a horse and cart to bring him to the Cue Hospital. After getting a couple of miles along the road, Lorenzo died. For reasons unknown, the mates deposited the body into the scrub and proceeded to Cue where they gave information to the constable at Day Dawn.
When the event was reported to Mr Von Arnheim, J.P. he decided that the cause of death was purely accidental, so an inquest was not necessary.
Buried by John Dawson Daniell. Witnessed by Police Constables Louis V Simpson (Regimental No.51) and John Fitzgerald Thomas (Regimental No.268). He was killed by suffocation from a fall of earth. It appears he was working single handed under a bench of ground only a few feet from the surface, taking out a seam of alluvial, when it came away and crushed him. He was working near the Orient Mine, Lake Austin, in the Cue district. He was the only support of his widowed mother and an invalid brother. At the inquest held to look into the circumstances of his death, after hearing all the evidence, the jury reached the verdict that he had come to his death by "suffocation by a Fall of Earth". William's parents were married in Victoria in 1864 (Marriage Registration Number 3534/1864, Victoria). William was the eldest of eight children born to the marriage. His siblings were: Ada Maude born 1867; Frederick born 1869; Louisa Emma born 1870; Henry born 1872 died 1872; Anne born 1874 died 1874; Emma born 1875; Joseph John born 1877.
Informant J. Philbin, his son, a store assistant, The Island. He was an old army pensioner and one of the Murchison pioneers.
Informant Arthur Bower, Licensed Victualler, The Island, Lake Austin. A digger who was lost on the Island and perished in the heat by cutting his throat whilst labouring under temporary insanity through lack of water. This could be the person known as PINKERTON.
Better known as "Bony Bream". An old identity of the Lake Austin District.