Edwin Henry BOURNE
- Born: 16 Feb 1896, New Town, Hobart, Tas
- Christened: 1 May 1896, St Johns Church, New Town, Tas
- Marriage: Eunice Sybil (Sybil) HOLMES on 20 Apr 1919 in Holy Trinity Church, Hobart, Tas
- Died: 13 Mar 1935, Hobart, Tasmania at age 39
- Buried: 15 Mar 1935, Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tas
Cause of his death was Suicide.
I obtained the birth date as 17 Feb 1896 but the records show it to be 16 Feb 1896 to Edwin Bourne and Rosetta Ann Calway in Hobart Registration No 217/1896 RGD33.
He worked at Electrolytic Zinc in Hobart and had a lung complaint. Sybil was also a ladies man.
Edwin was ill and had been coughing up blood. One evening he said good night to all the family, kissed them and later shot himself on the bed. Kenneth remembered the blood stain on his white silk shirt. We are not sure what lead to the suicide but probably both the illness and Sybil being a flirt contributed.
Confirmed 28 Dec 1910 at All Saints Church Hobart
First Communion 1 Jan 1911 Signed Cecil A Fawns, Rector(information from Noreen Kelly nee Bourne)
Edwin Henry Bourne married Eunice Sybil Holmes on 20 Apr 1919 in the Holy Trinity Church, Hobart, Tas, Registration 1919 No 344
Record entry at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery 30398 indicates Edwin Henry Bourne was buried 15 Mar 1935 in the Church of England Section GG No. 166. His Last Residence was 260 Argyle St Hobart, Tas 7000. The head stone confirms his date of death as 13 Mar 1935.
Hobart Mercury 15 March 1935
HOBART FATALITY - Married Man Shot - Verdict of Suicide
A verdict of suicide .was returned by the Coroner (Mr. G. Crosby Gilmore) at the inquest at Hobart yesterday, into the death of Edwin Henry Bourne (38), 260 Argyle Street, Hobart, who was found lying in a room of his former residence on Wednesday night last with a discharged pea rifle nearby. Inspector M. Dowling represented the Police Department.
Sydney Bourne, sheet metal worker, residing at Bellerive, a brother of deceased, gave evidence of identification. Deceased had had bad health for some time.
EVIDENCE OF ILL-HEALTH
Eunice Sybil Bourne, wife of deceased, said she had resided with her late husband and three children. About 9 a.m. on Wednesday last her late husband left home, and returned about 4.30
p.m. under the Influence of drink. About 10 p.m. deceased got up from bed and went to his daughter Natalie's room and said to her, "Kiss me. I am going now." She told him she would not, as he was too drunk. He then returnod to his room, and later went to the kitchen. He returned to his room carrying a pea rifle. A few seconds later witness heard a shot, and screams of "Mum, Mum!" and a fall on the floor. Witness saw her husband lying on his back on the floor, with blood stains nearby. The rifle was on the bed. Her late husband had been mentally unbalanced for the entire 15 years of their married life. He had threatened witness' life on more than one occasion. He was of a most jealous disposition. He had threatened her life about three year ago, and chased her with a revolver in his hand. He had said to her last week that if his cough did not get any better, he would hang himself. When he went to town on Wednesday he brought home a "lot of medicines." About flve years ago he tried to commit suicide by placing his head in a gas stove. About that time last year he got drunk, and tried to shoot himself, but was prevented by a mate and witness.
Dr. V. R. Ratten,' Surgeon-Superlntendent of the Hobart Public Hospital said deceased had died as a result of a gunshot wound of the heart and left lung.
To the Coroner: The wound could have been self-inflicted. The rifle was held very close to the point of entry, as witnessed by the burning and powder marks on his coat.
Constable Yost said that he was summoned to 260 Argyle Street as a result of a message having been received at the charge-room that a man had commltted suicide, about 10.50 p.m. on Wednesday last. He described the seen which confronted him on arrival. Witness gave evidence of an interview with deceased's wife, which substantially corroborated her own statement from the witness-box.
The Coroner said he thought it was clear, from the evidence, that the unfortunate deceased committed suicide, brought about by a combination of ill-health and a weak mind. A verdict of suicide was returned.
Edwin married Eunice Sybil (Sybil) HOLMES, daughter of James Fredrick (Fredrick) HOLMES and Jessie Elizabeth O'BRIEN, on 20 Apr 1919 in Holy Trinity Church, Hobart, Tas. (Eunice Sybil (Sybil) HOLMES was born on 8 Dec 1897 in Hobart, Tasmania, died on 22 Aug 1982 and was buried in Cremated-Ashes with Edwin.)