Methodist Manse, Winton

News of the day

Townsville Daily Bulletin, Wednesday 2 October 1929, page 10


Death of Methodist Minister.

WINTON. October 1. Probably the most pitiful tragedy in the annuls of Winton, was the death yesterday of Rev. Samuel Hook, by strychnine poisoning.

Details are meagre, and official information is positively refused.

It is gathered that at about 3 p.m. the attendish[sic] neighbours was alerted to moans issuing from the parsonage.

On proceeding there, Rev. Hook was found writhing in agony. Symptoms of strychnine poisoning were indicated and homely remedies were applied, pending the arrival of the doctor who ordered his removal to hospital.

A post morten was made this morning of which the result was unavailable but probably an analysis will follow. The funeral this afternoon was very largely attended. Rev. Munro, who came especially from Longreach, officiated.

It was well known for some time deceased was not having a happy time financially, but recent indications were more favourable. Last Saturday the deceased conducted a children's sports, in aid of the church, and was looking forward to a picture benefit tonight. He had purchased poison a week ago, alleged to destroy a suffering animal.

Interest is centred on the inquiry which will probably be held in a few days.

The Rev. Gribble, Anglican Minister, opened a donation list for the widow and three infants, which is meeting with a good response.


Finding aid to the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Queensland Records
Records of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Queensland.
Extent and medium: 4.50 linear metres (25 boxes)
Location: Boxes 7081 to 7104.The following are oversized: 7022 O/S (A3); 7132 O/S (A3); 11609 O/S.
Repository: Heritage Collections
State Library of Queensland

The records of the Methodist Church in Winton include a baptismal register, circuit schedule books, collection journals, correspondence, marriage butts, roll books of the Sunday School, roll of junior members, Trustee’s correspondence, and minutes of Leaders’ meetings, Quarterly meetings, Ladies Guild, and Sunday School.

Courtesy of the State Library of Queensland


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