Girl Drowned in Creek

Three short news items report the tragic death of Betty, daughter of  Harry King Stackman and his wife Jean Annie Fernance.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 7 June 1939, page 6

Betty May Stackman, 2 years and 9 months was drowned in Yarramalong Creek yesterday. Shortly before the tragedy Mrs. Stackman saw her daughter playing with a neighbour’s child. When she missed the child, she searched desperately and found the girl’s body floating in the creek. A doctor was called from Wyong 14 miles away. He applied resuscitation methods without success.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 7 June 1939, page 11

CHILD DROWNED IN CREEK.

WYONG, Tuesday. – Betty, aged two years and nine months, the daughter of Mr. Henry King Stackman, of Brush Creek, was drowned to-day in a creek in which she had been playing near her home. Her parents attempted artificial respiration. Later, she was taken to Wyong Creek, where Dr. Richeard, of Wyong, worked for an hour and a half in an unsuccessful attempt to save her.

 

The Canberra Times, Wednesday 7 June 1939, page 3

INFANT DROWNED

WYONG, Tuesday. – While playing with Bryan Fernance, aged two years. Betty Stackman, aged two years and nine months, was drowned at Brush Creek.

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SOURCES: Trove Digital Newspaper Archive; NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Indexes; Illustration of child from Project Gutenberg EBook, by Various 1901.

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