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Biography

Cyril Victor Roy Gillett was born May 1895 in Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia to John Gillett (c1843-1924) and Sarah Ann Amor Spackman (1849-1932) and died 11 April 1900 in Mummell, New South Wales, Australia of eating poisonous fungi. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, Australia.


Death

DEATH FROM POISONOUS FUNGUS.

Yeserday Mr. O'Brien, coroner, held a magisterial inquiry into the of death of Cyril Victor Roy Gillett, aged four years and eleven months, residing with his parents at Mummel. Oliver Mercy Gillett, sister of deceased, deposed that her brother ate some mushrooms about 3 p.m. on Monday. He cooked them for himself and ate only two or three. Half-an-hour after he became sick and complained of pains in his stomach. He was bad during the night and about midnight he became worse and died about 11.30 a.m. Her mother gave deceased a few drops of chlorodyne. Dr. McKillop made a post-mortem examination. Judging from the evidence of deceased's sister and from the appearance if the stomach the doctor had no doubt that deceased came by his death through eating some poisonous fungus—probably a toad stoll [sic]. The finding was in accordance with the medical testimony.

Goulburn Herald, 11 April 1900, page 2

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