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Trove Tuesday - The death of Thomas 'Valentine' Rhall

My Trove Tuesday posting this week concerns the death of my first cousin five times removed, Thomas Valentine Rhall.  Thomas who was known as Valentine, was born about 1880 the son of Peter 'John' Rhall and his wife Mary Ann (nee Camfield).  He died in February 1895, after being run over by a bullock wagon loaded with bricks that he had been in charge of.  He is buried in the Catholic portion of the Young Cemetery with his parents (see here).

Source: Fatal Accident near Young. (1895, February 28). Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1875 - 1905), p. 2. Retrieved October 1, 2013, from


Fatal Accident near Young.

A FATAL accident occurred this morning to a young man named Valentine Rhall on the Morangarel road near Tubbul.  While in charge of a bullock team loaded with five tons of bricks, he climber upon the waggon, without stopping the team, to deposit something in a despatch-box.  The whip, getting round his legs and the wheel, threw him down, and he fell under the wheel, which passed over his legs and body.  Other teamsters travelling in company with him rendered assistance.  Mr. Lewis, of Edgefern, the nearest resident, was apprised of the accident, and he at once proceeded to drive the unfortunate lad to Young, 20 miles distant, for medical assistance, but the sufferer died when within 8 miles of Young.  He was quite conscious up to within a minute or two of death, and only complained of shortness of breath.  A magisterial inquiry will be held to-morrow morning.

NSW BDM Birth Index


NSW BDM Death Index


Source: Indexes. NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Retrieved from

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1796-1942 about Thomas Valentine Rhall

Name: Thomas Valentine Rhall
Inquest Date: 27 Feb 1895
Inquest Location: Young
Death Place: Green Gully Near Young
Age: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1880
Birth Place: Spring Creek Near Young

'Verdict: Effects of injuries accidentally received through having been run over by a waggon drawn by a team of bullocks'

Source: New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1796-1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc.

Source: Drew, Michael J (1890). Bullock team with loaded wagon on country road. State Library of Victoria.  Retrieved from 


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