Fireside solitude was deadly

1868 – This is an ode to seven-year-old Ellen.

She was sitting, alone, on a stool with her back to the fireplace. The stool canted and she fell backwards into the fire.

Few other details are known, except that a woman nearby went to Ellen’s grandfather’s place and a doctor was called. Why she was, presumably, alone at home is not known.

The doctor arrived very quickly, but young Ellen died.

She is buried in Fremantle cemetery, amidst a score of movers and shakers whose graves are marked with stories of their lives and deaths.

This is her ode.

Ellen’s grave in the Fremantle cemetery.

Source: The Herald, Saturday 20 June 1868 – Page 3

Fremantle, Western Australia

Published by Sharyn Moodie

Travelling around Australia for work, I've found so many amazing headstones. But what is more amazing is the stories behind some of these deaths, and the way newspapers of the day reported them.

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