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.
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.
SOURCE: Bunyip Friday 4 April 1890 p 3