Mystery of the dead horse
to get it to move. Still it baulked at the water’s edge.
Police found 18 deep stab wounds on the pony’s neck and loins.
When the pony continued to baulk, it appears that Carodini lost his temper. He stabbed the pony between its ears. This wound was fatal.
The dead pony toppled forward into the water. The Italian was thrown over its head into the deep waterhole. There, he drowned.
Police, putting the story together, dragged the waterhole.
They found Carodini’s body still in a riding position. There was no sign of violence on his body.
He was carrying $49.90 in cash, a significant sum in 1910.
At the inquest, his brother, Michael Carodini from Palmer- ston near Port Albert in Gippsland, gave evidence.
Carodini, who was aged 35, had been employed cutting wood to fuel the steam engine of the Myrtle Queen gold dredge then operating in Chiltern.
After being paid, Carodini had gone on a bender in Wangaratta.
On the night of his death, he was attempting to find his way back to Chiltern.
The coroner returned a verdict of accidentally drowning.
The local newspapers described the events as a revolting case of animal cruelty.
— John Barry, ANZAC Commemorative Working Party, Coo-ee — Honouring our WWI
Above: The Ovens Bridge at Wangaratta. Right: The Wangaratta Railway Bridge.