Drowning shock, 1881
THE district read with shock and horror details of a multiple fatality at Yellow Creek, just outside Wangaratta.
The accident happened on a Sunday, to a group of people returning to Wangaratta from Tarrawingee by buggy.
Within a mile of Wangaratta, at Yellow Creek, flood waters tipped the buggy over and the three occupants – Dr Munroe, his sister Isabella, and a young girl, Eva Rundle, were swept away.
Dr Munroe managed to reach the bank, then swam back out to try and rescue the others, but it proved to be a fatal decision.
The creek would go on to claim another victim a few days later – a Tarrawingee farmer named Michael Peppard, who left behind a widow and four children.