YEAR OF DEATH
DETAILS OF DEATH
About 9 p.m. 5 October 1864 Constable McElveen attempted to cross a flooded bridge over a creek in the Eltham area when his troop horse and a man named Alfred Hooper accidentally fell into the flood waters. Both men were drowned. McElveen had been conveying voting papers from Whittlesea to Eltham Police Station. As he was unsure of the route and because the night was dark and stormy he had enlisted Hooper as a guide.