"Northern Courier": News was recelved by the Bellingen police at
about one o'clock on Monday, 9th.
February, 1931, that Mr. George
Joyce, senr., of Thora, was thought
to have been drowned at the Bellinger
River crossing leading to his son's
farm about 6 miles from town. Sergeant Rankin proceeded immediately
to the scene, and every effort was
made by him and a party of searchers
to locate the missing man.
From inquiries made it was ascertained that Mr. Joyce was seen riding
from Thora towards the river crossing leading to the property, at about
eleven o'clock in the morning.
At 12.30 his horse was discovered
standing on the opposite bank of the
river, together with his dog. The
saddle was wet, while a sac coat, tied
with rope, and an overcoat, which
was thrown across the saddle, were
also both wet.
The horse, however, appeared to be
quite dry, indicating that it had been
out of tfhe water for some time. One
stirrup iron was thrown back over
the saddle seat, indicating the possibility of the rider having fallen off the
horse, pulling the iron over with his
foot in doing so.
Examination was made, first on the
roadside entrance to the crossing,
and marks plainly showed that a
horse had entered the water at that
spot On the opposite bank, about
250 yards further down the stream,
there were marks where a horse had
quite recently struggled out from the
stream, and Mr. Joyce's horse was
standing within about 20 yards of this
spot when discovered.
At the time the stream was running very strongly, with approximate
ly six feet of flood water.
A particularly sad feature about
the affair is that it is only a few
weeks since Mr. Joyce's son was
drowned at the same crossing.
The body of deceased was recovered on Wednesday.
Deceased has relatives at Wherrol
Flat, near Wingham. He was an aged