Doreen O'Sullivan
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Doreen A O'Sullivan (1906 - 1919)

Doreen A "Goo" O'Sullivan
Born in Neutral Bay, NSWmap
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Died in The Spit, Mosman, NSWmap
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Doreen was known by all in the family as 'Goo'. She drowned at the Spit Baths, Mosman, aged 12, on a hot November day in 1919.

Her father, Daniel, newly returned from serving with the AIF in Europe, was devasted at losing his beloved daughter. Unable to bear the loss, he forbade anyone in the family from talking about her again.

Goo was buried at Gore Hill Cemetery in the O'Sullivan Family Plot (Section F6, Plot 10).


1. Family information, compiled by Adam Muyt.

2. O'Sullivan Family Plot, Gore Hill Cemetery.

3. See article from Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 11 November, 1919.

GIRL DROWNED. After being missing from the Spit Baths since Sunday afternoon, the body of Doreen O'Sullivan, aged 12 years, of Watson Street, Neutral Bay, was recovered by the police yesterday afternoon. Dragging operations located the body.

4. Also another Sydney Morning Herald article on the Coroners findings into Goo's death, 22 November 1919.

SPIT BATHS DROWNING. The death of Doreen O'Sullivan, aged 13 years (No, incorrect, Goo was 12 - AM), a schoolgirl, lately residing in Watson Street, Neutral Bay, was the subject of an inquiry conducted by the City Coroner yesterday. Deceased was drowned in the Spit baths on November 9, but her body was not recovered until next morning.

A strong protest against the present method of recovering bodies was made to the Coronor by one of the witnesses, Percy Conrad Mowle, uncle of deceased. He described how, when the proprietor of the baths and the police had failed to recover the body, he secured a diver to make a search. The diver succeeded in finding the body at 4.30 that day.

In returning a verdict of accidental death, the Coronor remarked that there was no evidence of negligence on the part of the baths proprietor. He would make inquiries regarding Mr. Mowle's suggestions.



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This profile has generated a 110 suggestion on the suggestion report, as the death date is at least 100 years ago, so the profile should be OPEN. Could the profile manager please open this profile to correct the suggestion. Thank you.
Hi Adam - As an O'Sullivan as well, Wikitree alerted me to your O'Sullivan postings. Although I do not see a family relation here, I just wanted to say how sad I found the story of little Goo O'Sullivan. I recently found a relation who died at age 8 and although it was over 100 years ago, it was still sad to see. The pictures of Goo (not to mention the nickname) are beautiful and this page perhaps is a fitting tribute to her young life. Neil
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