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During the morning of May 19, 1905, Mrs. Tierney, who lived with her husband at his farm at Gymbowen, complained of a feeling of weakness and the loss of the use of her legs. Not much importance was attached to the attack, as in a few hours, Mrs. Tierney was well again, and performed her household duties as usual. During the afternoon the same feeling came over her, this time accompanied by twitchings of the body. ⁣

Her husband drove her to Dr R. K. Bird, of Natimuk, who examined her. When questioned by the doctor she stated that she had partaken of some tart for breakfast. Portions of the tart had a bitter taste, and the tea she had at that meal also had a bitter taste. The doctor suggested that some poison was in the tart and advised her not to eat anymore of it. Mrs. Tierney by this time had quite recovered, and with her husband drove home the following morning. ⁣

In the evening Mr. Tierney killed a sheep, and his wife, who had been watching him, went towards the house, but when she had gone about 50 yards she collapsed. Her husband ran to her assistance, and she died in his arms. Miss Bertram, who was employed as a domestic servant in the Tierney family, also complained of feeling ill after breakfast, but after vomiting she recovered.⁣

Mrs Tierney had only been married for 2 months and was a well loved teacher in the area.  Her friend and domestic, Mary Bertram was arrested for the death but was later discharged due to no evidence indiciating she was involved. ⁣

 

ON THIS DAY – April 23, 1926

FOOTSCRAY

Heroin instead of Veronal

“I must have used heroin instead of veronal in making up the prescription,” said Henry Charles Horner Neilson, assistant to a chemist, who was committed for trial on a charge of the manslaughter of Mrs. Mabel Brown, aged 28 years, of Footscray. She died on April 23, as a result, it is alleged, of poisoning. A few hours before her death Mrs. Brown consumed a powder alleged to have been made up by Neilson. Neilson will appear at the next sitting of the Criminal Sessions on May 17. Bail was allowed. Mr. D. Berrimnan (coroner) said that the bottles of heroin and veronal evidently looked much the same. When dealing with such dangerous drugs there should be more distinction between them.

 

ON THIS DAY…….. 3th April 1915

MELBOURNE

MOTHER COMMITTED FOR MURDER

After holding an enquiry at the morgue into the death at the Children’s Hospital, on this day in 1915, of George Lonsdale, who was two weeks old. The coroner returned a finding that the child died from poisoning, a certain preparation having been administered by his mother, Emma Leah Lonsdale, aged 17 years, who he committed for trial on a charge of murder. Bail of one surety of £600 was allowed.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 23, 1926

FOOTSCRAY

Heroin instead of Veronal

“I must have used heroin instead of veronal in making up the prescription,” said Henry Charles Horner Neilson, assistant to a chemist, who was committed for trial on a charge of the manslaughter of Mrs. Mabel Brown, aged 28 years, of Footscray. She died on April 23, as a result, it is alleged, of poisoning. A few hours before her death Mrs. Brown consumed a powder alleged to have been made up by Neilson. Neilson will appear at the next sitting of the Criminal Sessions on May 17. Bail was allowed. Mr. D. Berrimnan (coroner) said that the bottles of heroin and veronal evidently looked much the same. When dealing with such dangerous drugs there should be more distinction between them.

 

ON THIS DAY…….. 3th April 1915

MELBOURNE

MOTHER COMMITTED FOR MURDER

After holding an enquiry at the morgue into the death at the Children’s Hospital, on this day in 1915, of George Lonsdale, who was two weeks old. The coroner returned a finding that the child died from poisoning, a certain preparation having been administered by his mother, Emma Leah Lonsdale, aged 17 years, who he committed for trial on a charge of murder. Bail of one surety of £600 was allowed.