Death by Drowning in Tumut River

Empire (Sydney)

11 June 1856

On the 23rd ultimo a man named James Kinchela, in the employment of Mr. Henry Moon, innkeeper, of Tumut, went to the river with a dray drawn by a team of bullocks and containing casks for the purpose of procuring a load of water for the use of the inn.

He drove the team into the stream, where the bullocks became restive and made for the opposite bank.

The river being much swollen by previous rains and the current running strong, the unfortunate man was swept off the dray and drowned.

The aborigines were employed to search for the body, but up to 1st instant it had not been recovered.