Drown­ing shock, 1881

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

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.

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