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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Alexander Buchan HEBITON

Born 1887 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland [28]
Son of saddler James HEBITON and Jane Hannah LANG [20]
His parents had married on 28 November 1878 in West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia [28]
His elder two brothers were born in Sydney and in 1884 his parents and brothers shifted to Scotland [15] [28] [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Resided with his parents and brothers James, William, John and David in the Glasgow suburb of Govan [20]
In 1891 they were living at 43 Saundyfauld Street, Govan and at the time of the 1901 census were at 262 Mathieson Street, Govan [20]
Departed London, England on the steamship Ortova and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 14 February 1907 [70]
Labourer in Three Springs, Western Australia 1908-1910 [19] [50]
Farmer in Yuna, Western Australia in 1912 [50]
Died 25 December 1912 at Nundamarra Pool on the Greenough River [39: 28-Dec-1912]


From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 28 December 1912:
Christmas Day Fatality - A Man Drowned
"A sad drowning accident occurred at the Nundamarra Pool, on the Greenough River, on Christmas Day. Mr and Mrs Alp, and two men named Alexander Hebiton and Sharp were spending the day at the river. While dinner was being prepared Hebiton and Sharp went for a bathe in the river. Hebiton, who could not swim, splashed about on a ledge where the water was about three feet deep. After about an about an hour Mr Alp called the two men to dinner, and when Sharp left the water he was surprised to see that his companion had left the water. On returning to the river he saw Hebiton's body under the water, and made several attempts to recover it, but without success. Hebiton's body was not removed until the following morning. At the inquest, which was held at Yuna, a verdict of accidental drowning was returned."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alexander Buchan Hebiton' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/alexander-buchan-hebiton [reference list]




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