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Tom gains plaque nearly century after death

Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Huey McInnes and Ethel Ritter (Rogers), descendants of the Geyer/Rogers family of Woodstock/Old Tintinallogy. Huey McInnes and Ethel Ritter (Rogers), descendants of the Geyer/Rogers family of Woodstock/Old Tintinallogy.

By Mary Wilson

A plaque has been placed by the Friends of Old Tintinallogy Committee in memory of Tom Young, who was found dead in a ‘bough bed’ near the site in November 1920.

The bush folklore of the time tells the story that due to the state of the body, the undertakers had to partake of some beverages to brace themselves for the burial. 

When the grave was being dug, it was decided to cut Tom’s head off to take back to Menindee to test what poison was in his system.

Unfortunately his head rolled down the bank and into the river, never to be seen again. So poor Tom was buried without a head.

When dealing with history from that time, it is very hard to sort fact out from fiction but it makes an interesting story!

Thomas Young’s death certificate states there was a coroner’s inquest held a day later at Henley.

Mr M.H. Cleeve determined that Mr Young died from the effects of self-administered strychnine poisoning.

There was very little else on his death certificate other than he was a labourer on Henley Station, River Darling, and aged 55 years.

The informant was Sergeant A. Sherlock of Menindee Police and the witness was A.W. Robertson.

Mr Young was buried at the site, as was the usual procedure for people found deceased in the bush in that era.

The undertaker was listed as J. McInnes who is thought to be a brother of Angus and Donald McInnes of Woodstock-Old Tintinallogy.

The witnesses were D. Doherty and F. Bartley.

I would like to thank the Central Darling Shire Council, family and friends for the funding to allow this project to be completed.

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