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Archibald McPhee & Elsie Barr

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Archibald Norman McPhee was born on the 18th December 1889 in Whittlesea, Victoria.

He married Elsie Violet Victoria Barr, in 1912. She was born in 1887 in Brighton, Victoria. Her parents were Arthur William Barr and Margaret Holdsworth.

They had two children, Vi Margaret McPhee, d. 1915 in Brunswick East, VIC. and Lorna Marjorie McPhee, b. 1913 in Preston, VIC.

Archibald died of heat exhaustion and thirst near Laura, Queensland. His body was located by the searchers on the 18th of November 1948, though it was estimated that he had perished on Saturday the 12th.

Here is an article that appeared in the Canberra Times, Friday 19th Nov, 1948.

Man Succumbs To Thirst

BRISBANE, Thursday.
A 20-mile walk in search of water, after his truck had broken down, ended with the death of Archibald Norman McPree (sic), fencing contractor, near Coen. His cattle dog, which made a further 40 miles, is still alive.

McPhee's body was found alongside the Coen-Laura Road near Sandy Creek, to-day. McPhee, aged about 61, had been missing since November 10 when he left Violet Vale Station. He abandoned his truck when it broke down. Police, who found his body, believe he wandered for three days in temperatures of more than 100-degrees. An empty bottle, which had contained water, was found near his body. The police think he drained water from the truck into the bottle and shared it with his dog.

Archie's wife Elsie died in 1971 in GLEN (Glenwaverly?), Victoria.

About Elsie's father Arthur William Barr

The following obituary was printed in the Argus, Feb 4 1925.

Arthur William Barr

BARR - In sad and loving memory of my dear father, Arthur William Barr, who passed away at private hospital, Yea, February 2, 1924. Father we will miss you sadly, We long for your kind, loving ways: Our lips cannot speak how we loved you, But our hearts yearn for you always. - (Inserted by his loving son, Horace, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, Ronnie and Flora.)

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