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Mary Cooper

Birth
Death 18 Dec 1881
Leyburn, Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia
Burial Leyburn, Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia
Plot UNMARKED GRAVE
Memorial ID 176330054 · View Source
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aged 47 yrs
Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1875 - 1948) Saturday 31 December 1881
Our Leyburn correspondent has supplied us (Toowoomba Chronicle) with the following particulars of the most dreadful death of a woman on the old race course near Leyburn :-It appears that on Monday, the 12th instant, Mary Cooper, living with her husband at Sandy Creek, near Leyburn, came into the township for the purpose of purchasing her Christmas supplies and some liquor. She completed her purchases, and left for her home the same day,
but was observed to be tipsy on leaving. She did not reach her home, but remained in the bush drinking the liquor she had with her. Nothing more was heard of her until Saturday, the 17th instant, when at 11 am. it was reported to Senior-Constable Carroll that a woman was seen lying under a tree on the old racecourse road, about two miles from Leyburn, and apparently dying. The senior-constable proceeded immediately to the locality indicated, but
had the forethought to take a little brandy and water with him. On arriving at the spot he found a woman lying under a tree, and presenting a sad and sickening spectacle. Her bed was composed of charcoal and ashes, remains of recent bush fires, and around her was the burning sand, the heat of which was intensified by an almost broiling sun. Her hair was dishevelled and matted, her face and hands were encrusted with dirt, her eyes were set and glaring like those of a maniac, and her lips were parted and encrusted with burnt charcoal as if she had bitten the ground in her agony. She was breathing, had evidently life was fast ebbing away.
Senior-Constable Carroll lifted the head of the poor creature on to his arm, and moistened her lips and gave her some of the brandy and water to drink. The draught seemed to revive her, and in reply to Carroll's question she was able to articulate that she had been there since the previous Monday. She then requested to be laid on the ground, and in about a quarter of an hour she died calmly, after suffering agonies from thirst for six days, and wandering delirious in the bush until discovered. The remains were conveyed to Leyburn, and a magisterial in quiry held before H. Thompson, Esq., J.P., who gave an order for the burial.


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  • Created by: Richie Wright
  • Added: 14 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176330054
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Cooper (unknown–18 Dec 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176330054, citing Leyburn, Leyburn, Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Richie Wright (contributor 48346415) .