Lucy’s death (1880-1885)
Lucy died on the evening of Thursday, 29 January 1885. She had gone to the nearby waterhole to collect ferns. When her daughter Agatha went to assist her, she found no trace of her mother except for her hat. Peter Campbell pulled his wife from the water, but she was already dead.
The magisterial inquiry was undertaken by Mr Frederick Ingle JP. It was his duty to ensure that nothing suspicious had occurred. Mr Ingle interviewed Lucy’s family and other witnesses who helped pull Lucy from the pond. He found that Lucy Sarah Campbell drowned accidentally.
|The Police report stated that there were no suspicious circumstances associated with the case.PROV, VPRS 24/P0 Inquest Deposition Files, unit 478, item 1885/145|
|Following Lucy Campbell’s death, her first child with John Singer, Charles Leopold Singer, assumed responsibility for the administration of his father’s estate.
PROV, VPRS 28/P0 Probate and Administration Files, unit 382, item 31/742