The deceased was buried by John Walmsbury. Witnesses present at the burial were FW Morrison and Arthur Henry Dunkley. His death was certified in writing by Police Constable Arthur Henry Dunkley (Regimental No 606), of Menzies.
The deceased and his mate, William Sharman, were working on a prospecting area known as the Old Boodie Holes. Mr. Sharman told the police that his mate, John McRae, had been working on the show together and McRae left Sharman to work in an open cut about 100 yards away at about 3 o'clock. At a quarter past 4, Sharman walked towards the open cut and, when within 50 yards of it, he noticed that some of the ground had broken away. He hurried to the spot, but could not see McRae. After removing some 3 feet. or 4 feet of dirt, he discovered McRae's body, life being extinct.
McRae was, at one time, a sailor who had sold out his interest in the Sandstone mine some time before, to a Mr J Moore.
Half interest in a Prospecting area at Mt Ida
Birth Details:circa 1868, Sydney, New South Wales.