ON THIS DAY – December 30, 1910

The inquest into the circumstances attending the tragedy which took place at Cosgrove on 30th December, when Mrs. Clugston killed two of her children and wounded two others, and then attempted suicide. John Thomas Clugston said he was on good terms with his wife, and was kind, to the children. She seemed all right when he saw her last at 4am on 30th December. Dr. Florance of Mooroopna, said that Mrs. Clugston suffered from puerperal fever and melancholia. Homicidal tendencies were common in such circumstances. The coroner recorded a verdict that the death of the children was due to gunshot wounds inflicted by Eleanor Clugston, whom he committed for trial at Shepparton on 28th April on a charge of murder.