Mary Carlsrom lived near Mary Anne Larkins, who was mother of Margaret Larkins born around 1848. Her daughter was 8 years old when she drowned in the waterhole.
Unit 38 1856/154
25 October 1856 at Ballarat
Death was caused by drowning having accidentally fallen into a water hole on Friday the 24th Instant
William Henry Barrett
John Guilford Williams
Of Ballarat 25 October 1856
That I am living very near Mr Larkin and about five to six o’clock pm yesterday I heard Mrs Larkin call the deceased and she asked me if the child was at my place and I said not. I heard then Mrs Larkin call the child again by name. I then saw her take the clothes pole and search the hole and immediately after I heard her crying out to a stranger passing by. Here is my child. I then saw the deceased taken out by the stranger and assisted in undressing the deceased who appeared quite dead.
Mary Colstrom (signed fluently)
Mary Anne Larkin
I am the mother of the deceased who was aged about eight years and on yesterday running about five o’clock I sent her for a kettle of water for tea in a water hole about twenty yards from my tent. I was always in the habit of sending her for water to the same Hole. The deceased was away about fifteen minutes when I thought too long away and I went to look for her and called her by name as I neither could see nor hear her. I then went to fill the kettle with water which I found placed at side of the hole. I then remarked that the water in hole was muddy. I then took the clothes pole and I sounded the hole and felt something bulky at side of it. After which a part of the clothes of deceased appeared at the surface and a strange man pulled her out. She was quite dead and her face and hands were quite livid and froath [sic] coming out of mouth
Mary Anne Larkin xxx her mark