Mys­tery of the dead horse

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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.

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