1855-1980 Accidents, Fatal Farm and Riding deaths

1871 Boy Drowns in Clyde North

1887 Farmer Robbed in Melbourne

1890's Ellinor-A Girl's Story

1892 Death of a Clyde Jockey

1894 Rescued by his Brother

1904 Accidental Shooting of Farmer

1908 Breach of Promise

1912 Life in Clyde-Keith Escott

1916 Killed in a Gravel Pit

1922 Sad Story of a Clyde Blacksmith

1930 Murder Suicide

1944 Fire Destroys Houses



1854 William Sykes,
Pastoral Pioneer

Stories and Inquests
1871 Ten year old boy drowns in Clyde North dam


Mr. Candler, on the 3rd inst., held an inquest at Berwick on the body of Robert Sykes, a boy of 10 years, the son of William Sykes, of Cranbourne. The deceased on the 2nd inst. went with others to bathe in a water-hole in Mr. Gibbs's paddock, Berwick, and while he was in his foot slipped, and, getting   into deep water, he sank. He rose three times, but was drowned before help arrived. The body was dived for, and recovered in 7ft. of water. The hole was very deep in the centre, and on private property, which was fenced in.
A verdict of accidental death was returned                                
 The Argus, 8 Feb 1871

Robert Sykes Family lived in Grices Road, Clyde North. His father, William Sykes, was a successful farmer, a Wesleyan Methodist lay preacher, founding member of the Cranbourne Cemetery Trust and Cranbourne Shire
Councillor (1873-1876). The Sykes home, Eyre Court, is listed in the Victorian Heritage data base.

William Sykes was robbed on his way to purchase a ticket to London.


inst. = in or of the present month; "your letter of the 10th inst"