Trove Tuesday – A Busy Coroner

For our Trove Tuesday post this week we are looking at a newspaper report from 1929.


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1929 ‘Hornsby Inquest.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 25 February, p. 5, viewed 16 February, 2016,

Let’s look at Donald, one of the Hornsby People.

Another article found on Trove (1929 ‘EMPLOYEE ELECTROCUTED.’, Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954), 6 February, p. 1, viewed 16 February, 2016, confirms that Donald died on February 6.

A search of the NSW BDM Registry Indexes indicates that Donald’s death was registered at Ryde and that his parents were  Maurice W and Mary J.

Donald’s birth does not appear to have been registered in New South Wales. The Coroner’s report on Ancestry indicates that Donald was born in Devenport, (sic) New Zealand ( New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners’ Inquests, 1821-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc.).

Further sleuthing on Ancestry indicates that Donald was born in the fourth quarter of 1899 ( New Zealand, Birth Index, 1840-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.).

The Index to Estate Files on Ancestry ( New South Wales, Australia, Index to Deceased Estate Files, 1923-1958 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.) tells me more about Donald. He was a Radio Mechanic who lived in Carlingford and the administrator of his estate was Wilhelmina H Bowles.

It is highly likely that Wilhelmina was Donald’s wife as there is a  marriage of Donald Frank Bowles and Wilhelmina Helen Ross registered in Queensland on 4 December, 1922.

It appears that another Trove user is interested in Donald Frank Bowles as a search for that phrase returned 13 articles that had been tagged with the phrase “Donald Frank Bowles”. Perusal of these articles gives more information on Donald, his family and the tragedy.



3 thoughts on “Trove Tuesday – A Busy Coroner

  1. Jo OBrien

    Hi I’m coming to tomorrow’s genealogy meeting and am wondering whether your library has a copy of “The Diary of the Voyage of the Clipper Ship Ralph Waller” by James Butters. It sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne from 4 January to 7 April 1855.

    Is it possible you could let me know or if you don’t have a copy can you get it in for me?

    Many thanks for your help. Jo O’Brien

    Sent from my iPad



    1. hornsbysfhg Post author

      Jo, I just saw your message now. It looks like the State Library has a copy of this book. If you contact Hornsby Library they may be able to get it for you on inter-library loan. Regards, Jill



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