AN EASTERN PARK MYSTERY SOLVED

Near Limeburners Point

Not all the stories of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park are about Gardens, trees and the way the Botanic Gardens were managed. Some, like this one that I came across during my research are about the people who visited the Park or Gardens and what they did next.

February, 1912: EASTERN PARK MYSTERY SOLVED.

This looks interesting; I wonder what the “mystery” is? My mind runs through unexplained holes appearing in the hillside, crop circles, strange lights… time to read on…

Some days ago a motor party

1912 – early enough in the development of the motor car to be worth noting their mode of transport. These people must have been well-to-do too.

– going the round of the Eastern Park saw a coat hanging to a tree near the gateway to Limeburners Point. There was no sign of the owner.

My first thought was that someone had left it behind after a picnic and that the next walker through the area had picked it up and put it in a more prominent position. But wait there’s more…

To the back was attached what appeared to be a piece of paper, and from the proximity of the spot to the bay the probability of a suicide was suggested. Really – not just a lost coat?

Eastern Park has been the site of occasional sudden and unexpected deaths as well as a couple of rather nasty accidents. Is this article going to be another item for my (imagined) chapter on the darker side of the Park and Gardens?
Mind you – given that the water depth in this area is pretty shallow, suicide by drowning could be a bit tricky. Time to read on

The city police were apprised, but could not find the garment.

The mystery deepens…perhaps the next passer by helped themselves to the coat?

It has since been ascertained by the East Geelong police that the coat belonged to an invalid who is under-going open-air treatment in that locality.

So not a suicide. I bet the people in the car were quite disappointed.

What was mistaken for a piece of paper was a pocket handkerchief hanging from the pocket.

So just an invalid who got a bit warm in his coat – this was February after all – and who left his handkerchief behind while he went for a stroll.
I bet the local constabulary hope that next time the sticky-beakers in that motor vehicle either stick their noses in a bit deeper (and thus discover that what appears to be a suicide note is nothing of the kind), or pull their noses out all together.

From the pages of the Geelong Advertiser (1912) where even a “no news” story was worth the telling.

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