Contrary winds keep Charles from vital medical help

1890 – Charles Frederick Otto Michael had retired as post-master at Gawler, near Adelaide, after a stroke but had “lately been enjoying good health.’’

While visiting his adult son at Fowlers Bay, South Australia, 900km west of his hometown, he broke a leg.

 As there was no doctor in that out-of-the-way place his son had to do the best he could under instructions telegraphed by a medic.

Two days later, Charles and his wife started for home on a sailing ship, the schooner Wollomai.

The Wollomai leaving the jetty at Streaky Bay, South Australia. Image courtesy of State Library of South Australia -B 15265

But the wind  was not blowing in his favour. The vessel was ‘detained many days’, and Mr Michael fell into a coma and finally passed away, still about 500k from home.

This occurred at Scales Bay about 25 miles from Streaky Bay, where he is buried beneath an impressive headstone in a cemetery still swept by the gales which contributed to his death.

Streaky Bay, South Australia

SOURCE: Bunyip  Friday 4 April 1890 p 3

Published by Sharyn Moodie

I’m a sonographer. I like to travel. So I’m going to become a transient sono. See what life has to offer when you mix work with wandering around Australia.

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