Outback Graves Markers

Robert Hamilton ALLEN

Burial Location:Sandstone  (details...)
Occupation: Miner and Contractor
Place of Death: Sandstone
Date of Death: 04 April 1929
Date of Burial:16 April 1929
Age:48 years
Cause of Death:Self-inflicted or Accidental gunshot wound
OGM Ref#: 1287
Headstone:OGM Aluminium


Loving Memory
Died 4th April 1929
Aged 48 years


Allen was found dead with the top of his head shot off and a shotgun on the ground in front of him. Mary Winifred Allen, wife of the deceased, said that on her application, her husband was placed on the prohibited drinkers' list. In conversation with her the next day he said that unless he could obtain beer, he would be an angel by the evening. She did not treat his remarks seriously and replied banteringIy to them, but shortly afterwards she was alarmed by the sound of a shot and, running into the yard, she found her husband with part of his head shot off and a shotgun lying nearby. She thought that it was quite likely that her husband intended merely to alarm her and arouse her anxiety and sympathy for him by firing the gun. Corroborative evidence was given by Allen's daughter, Elsie Irene Allen.

The verdict of the coronial enquiry was: "That deceased came by his death at Sandstone on April 4, by gun shot wound, but there was not sufficient evidence to say whether the wound was self-inflicted or caused accidentally." Robert is buried in the Presbyterian portion of the cemetery, plot number 19. The deceased's brother, Samuel William, died in Sandstone in 1944 and is also buried in the Sandstone cemetery.

Parents:Elizabeth Maria (nee WOODCOCK) and Samuel ALLEN
Spouse:1. Ethel May WORTH 2. Mary Winifred TOWLER
Marriage Details:1. 1067/1902, Lennonville 2. 2/1924, Black Range
Children:1. Robert born 1902, died aged 1 day; George 1903, died aged 5 days; Helen May born 4237/1905 2. Elsie Irene, born 1913; Mina
Birth Details:1881, Victoria; Birth Reg.No.25062/1881, MURT, Victoria
Death Certificate:1/1929, Black Range

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