Genealogy of John "Mad Jack" Fuller


Ven. Julius Charles Hare MA

Rector of Hurstmonceaux, archedeacon of Lewes. Chaplain to the Queen.

Robert Hare Naylor

Later Naylor of Hurstmonceaux Castle.
Canon of Winchester.

Frederick Boys

The South Australian Advertiser Monday 11 July 1859, page 3

Melancholy Death at Mount Blackwood.

A respectable storekeeper, residing at Yankee Gully,
named Frederick Boys, met with an untimely end by
drowning. The deceased made it his especial business
to wait upon the Warden, at the camp, with a view
to ascertain whether there were any Government
means available for the temporary support of a
foreigner-a native of Russia-who was sick and un-
able to do anything for himself. It appears that the
foreigner in question has been in ill health of some
time, and has been dependant upon the charity of
Boys and a few others, who took an interest in him
from feelings of sympathy and humanity. Boys, in
particular, commiserated the fate of the stranger
languishing in a foreign land, and, actuated by a
laudable feeling of a thorough cosmopolitan character,
he left the bosom of his family on a noble mission of
love and mercy, alas ! never to return. He was
last seen wending his way homewards at dusk,
near Golden Point. As the creek happened to be
flooded, and the usual crossing-place to Yankee Gully
-a large fallen tree-was submerged, he had to make
a short detour further up to another place, at Lang-
horne's Gully. As he did not reach home that even-
ing, and as no one knew anything about him, his
family naturally became apprehensive that something
might have taken place, and an alarm was immediately
spread that he must have been drowned while in the
act of crossing the creek. On the following morning
a diligent seareh was instituted by numerous diggers,
who in the most spontaneous manner tendered their
services, not more, however, in this instance, from a
sense of what is usually felt to be an intuitive obliga-
tion incumbent upon the members of a community
under such painful circumstances, than from a feel-
ing of respect for the missing individual himself.
The creek was dragged and holes were searched
in every direction, but without leading to any clue,
and during this time his family was kept in a state of
acute and agonising suspense. The search was kept
up unremittingly, but without any better result ; and
as not the slightest trace could be found to indicate
with any degree of certainty what had become of
him, rumours arose that there might have been foul
play in the matter. The grief of his family became
more intensified, and another night of perplexing
doubts and fears passed wearily away. This morning,
however, on the search being renewed, his body was
found in a hole, about 14 feet deep, on the opposite
side of the creek from where he should have crossed,
and quite near to the crossing-place. It would ap-
pear, therefore, that he must have crossed the creek
safely, and most probably mistaken the path in the
darkness, more especially as he was not much accus-
tomed to take that route. It would appear also that he
must have diverged slightly to the right, which led bim
along the fatal track. The hole, which is nearly
five feet square, contains fully 10 feet of water,
and from its appearance it would have been perfectly
impossible for him to have escaped without help. It
occasioned some surprise that the hole referred to,
which was so near at hand, should not have been
examined previous to the discovery, but being some-
what off the hue it was supposed he would have taken,
and as it was surrounded on every side by thick
tangled grass and brushwood, so as not to be ob-
servable till quite close to it, the omission was not so
much to be wondered at. A bag containing two
loaves of bread, and which the deceased was known
to have had with him, and which was floating on the
surface, was the first thing to attract notice ; and a
digger, named William Cole, having fearlessly dived to
the bottom, the body was brought up. The arms were
in an extended position, and one of the hands retained
some long grass, which had evidently been clutched
in the death throes. The presumption is, that the
unfortunate man must have struggled in a conscious
state for a considerable time, till worn out with cold
and exhaustion he sank to rise no more. - Argus.