The deceased was manager of the Terilla public battery. Tree went out to Edjudina with Mr James Keighley, to inspect the district. He went down Keighley's mine. When coming up the shaft, and within two feet of the surface, he fainted and fell a hundred feet back down.
The unfortunate gentleman had not long been a resident of that district but during the few months which elapsed since he took charge of the Yerilla Battery (upon the retirement of Mr Clarke), he had made a very large number of friends. Mr Tree had been, for some years, connected with the mining industry of Western Australia, being for some time in charge of a property on the Murchison goldfields. He was buried by Mr Robert McEwan at Edjudina. Witnesses present at the burial were James Keighley and Patrick O'Halloran.
His death was certified in writing by Police Constable Patrick O'Halloran (Regimental Number 98), of Menzies. He had a sister named Margaret who was two years younger than he.