Johann J. SCHULZ died on 18-Dec-1874.
Coroner, Albert Sprigg at Inquest No 1129
heard evidence at Carapook on the 19th. Reproduced by permission of the Keeper
of Public Records.
Statement to the Coroner by the Senior Constable at Casterton
Police Station on the 18th of December 1874.- "Sir, I have the honour to state for
your information that Johann Schulz was accidentally killed this afternoon by the
upsetting of a cart that deceased was driving at Carapook."
First deponent, John Hyland, on his oath said.- "I am a farm labourer, I was
sitting down getting afternoon lunch yesterday afternoon when we saw a horse and cart
galloping down hill. We were too far off to see if the driver was trying to pull up. The
cart seemed to strike the fence and turn over. We ran down then as fast as we could, we
found the man's head under the horse's shoulder. We lifted the horse and got him out. He
was alive, breathing but could not stir and died in a few minutes."
Second deponent, William Stokes, on his oath said.- "I am a labourer working on a
farm next door to Mr. Schulz. About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon I was having something
to eat. I saw deceased coming down hill with a horse and cart, deceased was sitting on
some hay in the cart. At the top of the hill the horse started into a trot, but before he
got to the bottom the horse was galloping. The cart struck against the posts of the fence
and the cart turned onto one side, one wheel being up in the air. I and my mate John
Hyland ran across. We found deceased lying with his head and arms under the horse's
shoulder. We lifted the horse and got him out. Deceased was bleeding from his mouth and
nose. He breathed for about 10 minutes, but did not speak, nor could he move. I do not
think he breathed more than ten minutes after we got him out. I stayed with deceased and
sent across for deceased's sons. Deceased had the reins in his hand pulling as he went
down the hill and I could heat him calling the horse to stop."
Third deponent, Carl Heinrich Frederich Wilhelm Schulz, farmer of Carapook, on his oath
said.- "I am son of deceased. Deceased was living with me and did any odd jobs about
the farm that he had strength for. Yesterday December 18th, deceased brought out lunch for
the men in the cart and started to go home about 4 o'clock taking some hay in the cart.
The horse was quiet, my brother has had him 12 months, my father had driven the same track
before. He had brought us dinner that day, but not with the same horse. I do not think he
had ever driven this horse before but he complained of the horse he was using sticking him
up so we gave him another. About half an hour after my Father started for home a man came
and said that the cart was upset and my Father thrown out. I went across at once, deceased
was quite dead when I got to him. It was about half a mile from my work to where the
accident was. My mother lives with me, I have four brothers living in Victoria. My Father
came from Hanover some twenty years ago to South Australia. He has lived in Victoria 14
"Johann Joachim Schulz was accidentally killed by the upsetting of
a cart he was driving on the 18th of December 1874 at Carapook."