The Goulburn Family History Society did a newspaper search on the name Gegg. The following article relating to Martha was extracted.
17 April 1896 : Goulburn Herald
HEADING : Suicide
On Wednesday the Coroner (Mr H O'Brien) held an inquiry at the residence of Mr J A Gegg of Windellama as to the cause of death of James Arthur Sidebottom, who shot himself on the previous day as reported in the last issue of this paper.
J Croker deposed that deceased was a labourer, 22 years of age, and had been a state child and was with the witness for 9 years; he told witness he was born in Manchester; his life was insured in the Mutual life Association for £250; witness did not know whether he had left a will; he said that he had an uncle and aunt named Sidebottom in Sydney, and that his father had been with him in the colony, and that one morning his father took some lunch with him and he never saw him again; his mother had died in England when he was 5 years old; witness did not know of any reason for his committing suicide.
J A Gegg deposed that deceased had been working for him; he possessed a mare, saddle, bridle and a gun and had money in the Bank of NSW; he was very steady and of a somewhat self-willed disposition; had no reason for thinking he might commit suicide; five weeks ago witness had told him to get another place, as he had to retrench, but he could stay till he suited himself, and he had been trying accordingly.
Martha E Gegg, daughter of the last witness, deposed that deceased had been paying his addresses to her, but they had quarrelled in February and had not made it up; the day before yesterday he had wanted her to do so, but she refused; in February when they quarrelled he told witness she was the only girl he loved and if he did not get her he would blow out his brains.
Chas W Gegg, brother of the last witness, gave evidence, but it was not material. Thomas Larkham Bills, labourer, deposed to having found the deceased lying dead.
Dr McKillop deposed that he had made a post mortem examination; the bones of the upper part of the head had been blown away from a gunshot wound and the brains and bones were scattered about; deceased when witness first saw him was lying on the ground with a gun between his arms; considered the cause of death to be a gunshot wound self inflicted. The Coroner found that the deceased died from a gunshot wound self inflicted.
|Postmark : East Maitland
Post Date : 23 Oct 1907
Written by : Mat
To : Miss E Bailey
Message : Dear Edie
Just a card to let you know I am well & getting along splendidly. We all kept fairly busy. I think we will be able to work up a good business. I hope you are all well. Tell Flo. I will write again when I get time. Love to all
Updated : 3 Oct 2012
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