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William John Walsh

Research from Mortlock Library in 1992.

"FATAL ACCIDENT; An accident which had a fatal termination,
occurred to Mr. William Walsh of Hill River Station on Sunday last.
It appears that he had ridden into Clare to attend divine service, and
after doing so had dinner at one of the hotels. Shortly after dinner he
left for home, and it was noticed by a passerby that after he had passed
Borlace's garden he had lost control of his horse (a flighty one), which
was going at full gallop, and that he had lost a stirrup. After going some
distance further towards home, he was thrown and was picked up in an
unconscious state by Mr. McKinnon and brought to Clare in a trap.
He was taken to Mrs. Bertleameir's Ford's Hotel and Dr Smith was sent for,
when it was found that he was suffering from concussion of the brain.
He did not recover consciousness and died during the evening. The police
reported the fatality to Mr. W Kelly, JP, who deemed an inquest unnecessary.
The deceased was an old resident of the district having been employed on
Bungaree Station for a number of years and latterly at Hill River. He leaves
a widow and a large number of children. His remains were interred at
Seven Hills on Tuesday, a large cortege following to the gravesite."

Research in November 2002 shows that Grave sight plot number 478 in the name
of William John Walsh, at St Aloysuis Cemetery, Seven Hill Original Section,
was reused in 1959 to a John P. O'Dea. Records state that he "died an
accidental death from fall off a horse April 1903."