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ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He went to the deceased’s hut, and charged him with cheating while they were in partnership together, and asked to see the returns, but would not go inside the hut as he was frightened of the deceased doing him some injury, as he had threatened to shoot several persons whom he had a spite against. He (witness) confessed to having used threats against the deceased. A man named Thompson told witness that the deceased had said that he was not honest and that he might have replied, ” I’ll let him see whether he is honest or not if I catch him in a quiet corner.” Constable Egglestone and Sergeant Mahoney gave an account of tracking the prisoner to Oxley and finding burnt caps and cartridges in the camp fire, and the barrel of a gun a short distance off. Joseph Wells said that he found the prisoner at his camp on July 19. He told him that he had come from Donald M’Donald’s hut, and talked about the deceased and larrikin fishermen, and that he should not be surprised to hear of a fisherman being shot. The inquiry was adjourned to October 4,

ON THIS DAY…… 2nd September 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald M’Donald was resumed, Mr.W.W.Greene, P.M. Dr. Quick appeared for the Crown, the prisoner Rowe being unrepresented. Although a mass of evidence was elicited during the enquiry, no point of importance transpired. The man John M’Donald, a former partner of the deceased, was re-examined, but his evidence was chiefly corroborative. He swore positively that the last time he saw the deceased was on the occasion when he went to his camp to arrange about the settlement of accounts in connection with some fish they had jointly sent to Melbourne. He was afraid to approach too close to the deceased, as he considered him a “shingle short,” and had, moreover, often heard him threaten to shoot persons on whom he had a down. Senior-constable Egglestone and Detective-sergeant Mahony corroborated the prisoner Rowe’s statement as to his route from Tyntyndyer to Terang. Although some of the camp sites are now submerged by the flood waters, they had been able to follow up his track. They produced the barrel of the prisoner’s gun, and also some burnt cartridges, which were found in the place described by Rowe. The police having exhausted all the available evidence, the enquiry was adjourned till Saturday, October 4th. The prisoner stated that he hoped to see the right man brought to task and that he would say nothing until all witnesses were excluded from the court during the hearing of evidence.

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He went to the deceased’s hut, and charged him with cheating while they were in partnership together, and asked to see the returns, but would not go inside the hut as he was frightened of the deceased doing him some injury, as he had threatened to shoot several persons whom he had a spite against. He (witness) confessed to having used threats against the deceased. A man named Thompson told witness that the deceased had said that he was not honest and that he might have replied, ” I’ll let him see whether he is honest or not if I catch him in a quiet corner.” Constable Egglestone and Sergeant Mahoney gave an account of tracking the prisoner to Oxley and finding burnt caps and cartridges in the camp fire, and the barrel of a gun a short distance off. Joseph Wells said that he found the prisoner at his camp on July 19. He told him that he had come from Donald M’Donald’s hut, and talked about the deceased and larrikin fishermen, and that he should not be surprised to hear of a fisherman being shot. The inquiry was adjourned to October 4,

On this Day …….. 22nd of January 1953

The body of a Scotsman, Donald McDonald was exhumed from a grave yard in Sydney on this day in 1953. The coffin did not contain the wooden legs in which his relatives believed he had hidden his fortune, inside a secret compartment. The 53 year old seaman was penniless when he died in April 1951, but his relatives on the Isle of Mull thought otherwise and requested the exhumation.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 2nd September 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald M’Donald was resumed, Mr.W.W.Greene, P.M. Dr. Quick appeared for the Crown, the prisoner Rowe being unrepresented. Although a mass of evidence was elicited during the enquiry, no point of importance transpired. The man John M’Donald, a former partner of the deceased, was re-examined, but his evidence was chiefly corroborative. He swore positively that the last time he saw the deceased was on the occasion when he went to his camp to arrange about the settlement of accounts in connection with some fish they had jointly sent to Melbourne. He was afraid to approach too close to the deceased, as he considered him a “shingle short,” and had, moreover, often heard him threaten to shoot persons on whom he had a down. Senior-constable Egglestone and Detective-sergeant Mahony corroborated the prisoner Rowe’s statement as to his route from Tyntyndyer to Terang. Although some of the camp sites are now submerged by the flood waters, they had been able to follow up his track. They produced the barrel of the prisoner’s gun, and also some burnt cartridges, which were found in the place described by Rowe. The police having exhausted all the available evidence, the enquiry was adjourned till Saturday, October 4th. The prisoner stated that he hoped to see the right man brought to task and that he would say nothing until all witnesses were excluded from the court during the hearing of evidence.

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He went to the deceased’s hut, and charged him with cheating while they were in partnership together, and asked to see the returns, but would not go inside the hut as he was frightened of the deceased doing him some injury, as he had threatened to shoot several persons whom he had a spite against. He (witness) confessed to having used threats against the deceased. A man named Thompson told witness that the deceased had said that he was not honest and that he might have replied, ” I’ll let him see whether he is honest or not if I catch him in a quiet corner.” Constable Egglestone and Sergeant Mahoney gave an account of tracking the prisoner to Oxley and finding burnt caps and cartridges in the camp fire, and the barrel of a gun a short distance off. Joseph Wells said that he found the prisoner at his camp on July 19. He told him that he had come from Donald M’Donald’s hut, and talked about the deceased and larrikin fishermen, and that he should not be surprised to hear of a fisherman being shot. The inquiry was adjourned to October 4,

On this Day …….. 22nd of January 1953

The body of a Scotsman, Donald McDonald was exhumed from a grave yard in Sydney on this day in 1953. The coffin did not contain the wooden legs in which his relatives believed he had hidden his fortune, inside a secret compartment. The 53 year old seaman was penniless when he died in April 1951, but his relatives on the Isle of Mull thought otherwise and requested the exhumation.