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Henry C Wakeford (1877 - 1879)

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Henry C Wakeford
Born in Murrurundi, New South Wales, Australiamap
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Died in Jacob & Joseph Creek, Quirindi, New South Wales, Australiamap
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Henry C Wakeford was born in 1877 at Murrurundi, New South Wales, Australia. His parents were George Wakeford & Ellen (Smyth) Wakeford. [1]

Henry passed away in 1879 at Jacob & Joseph Creek, Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia. [2]

Newspaper Report
"Child Drowned at Quirindi." The Singleton Argus and Upper Hunter General Advocate (NSW: 1874 - 1880) 16 July 1879:
Child Drowned at Quirindi.
A sad case of death by drowning occurred at Quirindi on Sunday afternoon last, when a fine little boy, named Henry Charles Wakeford, aged about two years, a son of Mr. George Wakeford, lost his life.
At a short distance from the back of Mr. Wakeford's residence the Jacob and Joseph Creek runs, the bank of which is precipitous and about ten or twelve feet high. Over this bank into the stream below the poor little fellow must have fallen, when wandering too near without protection. Only a quarter of an hour before Mrs. Wakeford had seen her child, and suddenly missing him, told his sister to look for him, when to her intense grief he was discovered floating in the creek. An additionally painful circum-stance in connection with this sad occurrence was that Mr. Wakeford was away from home when it happened, and only returned in time to be present at the inquiry and funeral.
Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved parents.
An inquest was held on the body before the District Coroner, Mr. T. B. Boyce, J. P., on Monday afternoon, at Ferris's Terminus Hotel, Quirindi. The following jury were empanelled :—Messrs. J. A. W. Hamlyn (foreman), W. P. Wilson, W. Ferris, W. Deacher, W. U. Laughton, W. Moffit, W. Craig, C. Allen, J. Power, J. Hughes, U. Stubbs, and B. Orde.
The following evidence was elicited :— Ellen Wakeford deposed to being a married woman, living with her husband at Quirindi, and to being the mother of the deceased child ; on the previous after-noon she had sent one of her little girls to look for him, not having seen him for about a quarter of an hour; her daughter told her that deceased was lying in the creek ; she then went there and found his body, floating on the water ; he had apparently fallen over a steep bank ; she went down to the water and picked deceased up, and took him to the house, where he was put in a bath and other means to restore life resorted to ; he appeared to be dead ; Dr. Davies was immediately sent for ; she was of opinion that the child must have walked down to the creek, and fallen over the bank into the water ; deceased was one year and eleven months old, and was a native of this colony.
To a juror: The last time I saw deceased alive was outside my back door, in company with an elder brother.
To Senior Constable George: The child was generally very healthy, and was not subject to fits or any sickness whatever.
Louisa Wakeford deposed that she lived at Quirindi with her parents; deceased was her brother; on the previous afternoon her mother sent her to look for deceased, when she found him in the creek, down a steep bank, at the back of their house; deceased was floating on the water when she saw him ; she called for her mother to come, and she did so at once and took the body out of the water ; her brother appeared quite dead.
Joseph Walter Davies deposed to being a legally qualified medical practitioner, residing at Quirindi ; he saw deceased about four o'clock the previous afternoon ; he was in his mother's arms, apparently dead ; witness was told that the child had been drowned in Jacob and Joseph Creek, and at once used artificial respiration, which he kept up for an hour and a half ; finding then that the body was going colder, and that there were no signs of life, he gave it up, having no doubt that the child was dead ; there were no marks of violence on the body, beyond a slight abrasion on the side of the nose; he had no doubt that death was caused by drowning, as the features had the usual placid appearance found in death by drowning.
The jury returned the following verdict:— 'We are of opinion that the deceased Henry Charles Wakeford, met with his death by drowning, by accidentally falling over a bank into the Jacob and Joseph Creek, Quirindi, on Sunday the 6th July, 1879 ; and that no blame is attributable to any person.'


  1. Birth: NSW BDM Index 16229/1877 WAKEFORD HENRY C (parents) GEORGE & ELLEN (Reg. MURRURUNDI)
  2. NSW BDM Index 7185/1879 WAKEFORD HENRY C (parents) GEORGE & ELLEN (Reg. MURRURUNDI)

See also:

  • Birth NSW BDM Index 16229/1877 WAKEFORD HENRY C (parents) GEORGE & ELLEN (Reg. MURRURUNDI)
  • Death NSW BDM Index 7185/1879 WAKEFORD HENRY C (parents) GEORGE & ELLEN (Reg. MURRURUNDI)

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