Elizabeth Steele was the mother of Barbara and witness at the inquest.
Monkey Gully, Black Hill, 4 October 1856
About 5 weeks old
all of Victoria
Some weeks working at Black Hill at my trade. I was at home at Monkey Gully last Tuesday and left my wife and three children. I had my eldest child with me.
Elizbeth Steele, mother of deceased
Having laid deceased upon my arm I went to sleep. Lain over.
I have four children now living. There were 3 of them stopping on the tent that night. It was very dark that night. I am a sound sleeper and have been addicted to drink to excess occasionally but since my confinement I have not touched anything but wine and Porter and on that Tuesday I only drank 2 glasses of Porter