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Eleven Year old saves three in Australia

Year 1874

Read by Rowena Osborne – Trustee, Royal Humane Society

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James Henry Brownbill, aged eleven.

James Henry Brownbill, of Newbridge, Victoria, Australia, aged eleven years, was passing along the river Loddon at about 5 p.m. on the 2nd of January, 1874, on horseback, and hearing screams galloped forward. Casting his horse adrift and without waiting to undress he plunged in to the rescue.

The only visible object on the surface was Harriet Cherry’s hand, which was grasped and brought to shore by Brownbill, when without delay, he dived down in search of the others and succeeded in getting Letitia Grant (aged 14), who, when brought to shore, was found to have the apparently lifeless boy Bayley (aged 6) clinging to her dress, the depth of water about eight feet.

These three people were saved through the unaided energy and pluck of this child 11 years of age.

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