|Cemetery from lands owned by George Alexander Hope|
John McConnel was offering a reward for persons who took trees that he planted at the Cemetery in March 1878
SANDGATE. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
An inquiry into the cause of death of a little girl named Lily Rilley was heard at the Police Court this morning, before Mr. G. P. M. Murray, P.M., Sergeant Primrose conducting the case. The cause of the inquiry being held was that Dr. Paul considered there had been negligence, and he had refused a certificate of death. Mrs. Annie Grensill deposed that she resided in a tent near the Rilleys, at
Greenwood's Paddock, South Pine.
That on the 5th of June last, about midday, the deceased was playing with her children in the paddock out-side the tent. She was alarmed to hear her child screech out, " Mamma, Lily fire." She caught up a blanket, ran out, and rolled the child in it, and screamed for Mrs. Rilley, who came at once. They took the child into her tent and examined the burn. They put baking soda on the burns.
After this the child was taken to its own house, where the burns were again looked at and flour and salad oil were applied. From this time to the death of the child on the 19th June, she saw it several times ; it appeared to be getting on fairly well.
On the 11th she advised the mother of the child to let Dr. Paul, of Sandgate, see it, and she went with Mrs. Rilley to Dr. Paul's with it. Did not go inside, but stayed in the cart. After the mother came out they got some lotion at the chemist's, which the doctor had ordered. Saw the child several times after this. It was sometimes running about. The mother could not keep it in bed. The child was well attended to, and she did not consider the child had been in any way neglected.
On Monday, the 19th June, the mother came in the morning, and told her the child was dead. She saw the child going about the house on the previous day, and thought it was improving. Did not think the burn a serious one. Sarah Elizabeth Rilley, wife of John Albert Rilley, of Greenwood's Paddock, and mother of deceased, Lily Rilley, who was aged 2 years and 2 months, corroborated the whole of the former witness's statements, and further said that when she took the child to Dr. Paul on the 11th June he said it was a very nasty burn. He gave her a prescription and told her how to use it. At the time the child was burnt her husband was not at home.
On coming home he looked at the burns, and said it was not so bad as people had told him. When he came home the child was asleep, but soon woke up, and getting out of bed came to the door. She put it back in bed. On getting home from Dr. Paul's she bathed the burns for about twenty minutes, and then put the lotion she got with his prescription on the wound, which seemed to give the child relief.
About three days before its death she began to dress it with eucalyptus to dry up the wound. She took the child to Dr. Paul because she thought it best; but the wound did not look any worse up to that time ; she used only flour and oil to the wound. On the evening of the 18th June, between 6 and 7 o'clock she and her husband went over to Mrs. Grensill's tent and stayed there till about 9.
They were away about two or three hours. When they went home she covered up the child and went to bed. The child was then alive. Had it screamed while she was at Mrs. Grensill's she would have heard it. On waking up next morning she was surprised to see the bedclothes so smooth on the child, and on going to look at it found her dead. When she went to Grensill's on Sunday night she left the child in bed. She communicated with the police that day, and Sergeant Primrose and Dr. Paul came to see the body, which was buried the next day at Bald Hills cemetery.
Dr. F. Paul deposed that on the 11th June last Mrs. Rilley brought a female child to his surgery. On examination he found a large burn on the abdomen on the right side, on the lower part, extending round to the spine and down the right thigh. When brought to him the child was suffering from fever caused by blood poisoning. The child was in a very critical state.
He advised the mother to take it to the Children's Hospital, where it would get proper treatment and nursing ; but the mother refused to take it there, saying she would rather have it at home. He then gave her a prescription for a lotion, and told her to bathe the wound well before using it. He prescribed carron oil, and told the mother she must keep him informed as to how the child was getting along.
The wound was then in a festering and most unhealthy state. Pure baking soda as applied would irritate the wound, but flour and oil was a very good dressing if properly applied and the wound kept clean after the first application. After the child was brought to him on the 11th June the parents let him know nothing of the patient until they came to say it was dead on the 10th June. The next morning he went with Sergeant Primrose and made an external examination.
The wound had increased in size. Sores had broken out on the lips and other parts of the' body. The body seemed well nourished. The cause of death was blood poisoning through absorption of putrifying matter from the wound. The application of eucalyptus oil in the crude state to such a wound as this was very injurious, and likely to aggravate the injury. Had the child received proper attention and nursing from the first, there was nothing to prevent its recovery. This was the reason he urged the mother to take it to the Children's Hospital.
John Albert Rilley was then examined. The police-magistrate closed the inquiry, saying the depositions would be forwarded to the proper quarter.
A very sad and somewhat remarkable case of hydrophobia is reported from Lahore. It appears that Mrs. Doyle, wife of a railway employee, was caressing a dog, when the animal licked her hand, on which was a small open sore. Later on this dog bit some other dogs, all of which went mad. Shortly afterwards Mrs. Doyle was taken ill, and died after suffering from paroxysms for three days. It is stated distinctly that the unfortunate victim was not bitten by the dog ; it merely licked her hand and exhibited no symptoms of madness.
Fatal Dray Accident.
Young Man's Neck Broken.
The Bald Hills community was deeply stirred yesterday by tho untimely death of Alexander Caldwell Stewart, youngest son of Mr. John Stewart, the oldest resident of the district. It appears that between 11 o'clock and noon yesterday young Stewart left his father's farm to go to the Bald Hills station with cream, driving a horse and dray. After getting through the sliprails, the winkers slipped off the horse's head.
Young Stewart, who had a boy with him, by keeping hold of the reins, kept the bit in the horse's mouth. He, however, could not restrain the affrighted animal, who bolted. After a short distance had been covered the boy jumped off the dray; but Stewart hung on. A short distance further on, and when near Mr. Cullimore's farm, the dray struck a log and capsized.
Young Stewart was thrown out, the sido of tho dray falling on the upper part of his body. The young man's father, who had witnessed the runaway, hastened to tho scene, but Mr. Cullimore had preceded him. Young Stewart, when released from under the dray, gave a groan and expired.
The body was removed to his father's residence, and the accident was reported to Sergeant Primrose at Sandgate, who, accompanied by Dr. Davidson, "went out to Bald Hills. After an examination tho doctor certified that death had beon caused by a dislocation of the neck at the base of tho skull. Mr. Unwin, J.P., of Bald Hills, gave an order for the burial of the body, which will take place at the Sandgate aud Bald Hills cemetery to-morrow. Tho deceased, who was 32 years of age, was a brother of tho Rev. James Stewart and of Mrs. W. H. Boll, of Sandgate. He also was a nephew of the late Mrs. T. Gray, ol George street, whose death occurred only a few days ago.
In the latter portion of his life, he was severely afflicted owing to his nervous system being shattered;
His son later owned the Stewart's farm where St Paul's is today.
The property continued to be worked as a dairy farm, changing hands again in 1907 and also in 1910. In 1921 it was acquired by William John Hawkins of Bald Hills, who was a leader in Queensland dairying, credited with being instrumental in the establishment of the first milk supply cold store in Brisbane, at the Roma Street railway station, c. 1898. In 1929 a Brisbane newspaper described WJ Hawkins as "a successful settler, possessing a fine property and picturesque homestead
The life of an undertaker! Pity for the poor families involved.
|What a change over time, now a landmark to be proud of.|
Some German Families of the Area.
The lands for the Cemetery Reserve were subdivided from Lot 100, and in 1930, the maps show the names of the owners at the time of the sub-division. A.W. Holtz, G.A. Schiefelbein, and Francis Holz all had lands affected by the construction of a one chain road as an entrance to the cemetery.
The blacksmiths of Chermside did this ever since Andrew Hamilton set up a forge beside his carriage works and hired a smith to work his magic in about 1870.
August Christian Vellnagel arrived in Brisbane from Horrheim, Wurttenberg, Germany via London in 1891. After a time on the cane fields he worked for Charlie Murr, a blacksmith in Downfall Creek. In 1897 August bought 4 acres on the corner of Murphy and Gympie Roads from John Ballinger in William (Billy) Hacker's name and set up his forge; Hacker was August's brother-in-law. Jack Ford records that in 1899 the business was registered in the name of A C Vellnagel and he became the official owner of the land. This could only be done after August was naturalised as a British Citizen; there was no Australia then, only the Colony of Queensland which was part of the British Empire.
business in 1888, the only two lots in Bracken Ridge that he owned were
those which were originally Lot 25 and Lot 93