Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – The death of Robert Passalick

This week I am featuring articles about the death of Robert Passalick.  Robert was married to Martha Nicholls, the daughter of Thomas Gardner Nicholls and Jemima Marr.  I featured Thomas Gardner Nicholls in my Trove Tuesday post on 2 August 2016

Man found shot
MAN FOUND SHOT (1935, June 17). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 3. Retrieved September 19, 2016, from


Gun Caught in Fence

MARYBOROUGH, Sunday. – The body of Robert Passalick, aged 61 years, with a bullet wound below the heart, was found on Saturday lying near a fence in Pekin road. A double-barrelled breech-loading gun with an empty cartridge in one of the barrels was caught on a protruding piece of wire on the fence. Mr Passalick, who lived in Inkerman street, Maryborough, leaves a large family.

Shooting fatalities
Casualties (1935, June 17). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 – 1954), p. 17. Retrieved September 19, 2016, from


The body of Robert Passalick (61), a contractor, of Inkerman Street, Maryborough (Victoria), was found by two boys. The deceased climbing through a fence when a double-barrelled breech loading gun, which he was carrying caught in a piece of protruding wire and exploded.

Australasian News in Brief
AUSTRALASIAN NEWS IN BRIEF (1935, June 22). Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 – 1954), p. 9 (FIRST EDITION). Retrieved September 19, 2016, from

Robert Passalick, aged 61 years, was killed instantly when a gun which he was carrying exploded as he was climbing through a fence. The police spent several hours in establishing the identity of Mr Passalick, who was a contractor living in Inkerman Street, Maryborough.