Constable

Victor NELSON

YEAR OF DEATH

1925

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

In June 1925 pensioner Frank Mahoney was badly burned in a fire at his hut on the riverbank at Shepparton. Despite his injuries he adamantly refused police requests to go to hospital. When they later learned that the old man was living in a state of indescribable filth totally unable to care for himself it was resolved to take him to hospital forcibly. Constable Nelson was one of the men assigned to this task and he became infected through contact with Mr Mahoney’s septic burns. From this he developed virulent cellulitis of the nose face and head. He died at the Mooroopna Hospital at 10.30 a.m. Sunday 12 July 1925 from an attack of erysipelas combined with blood poisoning. Mr Mahoney had died at the same hospital the day before.

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