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Harold Edmund Lindsey FISHER

Burial Location:Kookynie  (details...)
Occupation: Clerk, Accountant
Place of Death: Church of England Parsonage, Kookynie
Date of Death: 11 May 1905
Date of Burial:12 May 1905
Age:27 years
Cause of Death:Suicide by Self-Administered Strychnine
OGM Ref#: 1678
Headstone:OGM Aluminium


The deceased died by taking self-administered strychnine. This was the verdict of the Jury at the Coroner's Inquest held at Kookynie on 15 May 1905 before John Leipold, Acting Coroner.

An accountant, employed by Cheek Bros., butchers, the deceased attended the Fire Brigade Ball on Wednesday evening and, at its conclusion, purchased some strychnine to allegedly poison dogs. He spent the night at the clergyman's house that night and was found dead in bed in the morning.

Fisher was very musical, possessing a fine bass voice, and was the accompanist to the local Minstrel Club. During his residence at Kookynie, Fisher took an active part in musical and athletic associations. He had also taken a prominent part in the clubs for the athletic training of juveniles of the town, a strong muster of whom was noticeable in the funeral procession.

Fisher went to Landauer's pharmacy and asked for strychnine to poison a dog, but was informed he must bring a witness. He returned later with the required witness and the poison was supplied. It appears that Fisher spent the remainder of the evening at the Fire Brigade's ball where he enjoyed himself as usual and played several of the "extras." There was nothing in his manner to indicate that he contemplated suicide. Fisher was organist at the Anglican church, and it is a curious thing that his predecessor in that position was the late W. Thomas who was decapitated by a skip in the Altona shaft. He had been living at Kookynie for six months. Previous to coming to Kookynie, he was in Kalgoorlie for some time. It was thought that Fisher was a native of Victoria. However, his birth registration has not been identified and his marriage certificate states he was born in London.

Parents:Jessie (nee LINDSEY) and Edmund FISHER (Journalist)
Spouse:Elizabeth TREGURTHA
Marriage Details:21 January 1901 at Mrs Dudgeon's residence, Brisbane Street, Launceston, Tasmania; Source: RGD1/1/5 no. 330 (2 pages)
Children:Elizabeth born 1902, Tasmania
Birth Details:Circa 1878, London
Death Certificate:793/1905