ON THIS DAY – March 4, 1911
An elderly woman named Blanda Gunn was charged at the Castlemaine Sessions with the manslaughter of Kathleen Farrell on March 4. Accused pleaded not guilty. The case arose out of the alleged unskilful treatment of tho deceased, who was suffering from cancer. The accused, who is known as Madame Gunn, treated Farrell, who was in a highly cancerous condition, and had, it was alleged, placed an arsenic plaster on her breast, which it was claimed induced pleurisy, the direct cause of death. For the defence, it was contended that death was due to cancer. The jury failed to agree, and the accused is to appear at the next Sessions.