The Killing of George Marsh Halliday

It’s been 3 and a half years since I last wrote about George Marsh Halliday, and the one thing that always remained in the back of my mind was that I couldn’t kill him.

Until today.

I was supposed to be looking into the cross-pollination within the Australian Halliday families (which will still become because … webs …), and I wondered if there were any new avenues to look at since I last searched properly in 2018. And an Ancestry hint popped up regarding a newspaper article (thank you, Trove) reporting on a death in November 1862 in Reedbeds, South Australia.

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!

Empire, Monday 1 December 1862

The exact same story had also appeared in the Adelaide Observer on 22 November 1862

I don’t know that it is exactly something to be hugely excited about – he gave his life, after all, trying to recapture a wild duck, and presumably he knew he couldn’t swim – but I am pleased that I am finally able to give George’s story some closure.

The fact that the article says he left only one child implies that his eldest son, Alfred, had also died before 1862 – the remaining son, Albert, remained in South Australia and managed to not marry someone he was related to (which is a minor miracle).

View across the Reedbeds from State Library South Australia

So never give up on your brick walls or your dead ends! You never know what else is out there that may pop up on a later search!

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