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The tombstone erected by pupils of the Moonee Ponds School commemorates James and William Bysouth who were accidentally drowned while fishing on the 24th March 1862. 

The two boys had gone fishing in Moonee Ponds Creek and when they did not return home by nightfall a search was organised. It is believed that  both boys drowned when William fell into the creek and James attempted to save his brother.


Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North, 3054
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791811
Long: 144.961975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:24-March-1862
Actual Event End Date:24-March-1862


Front Inscription

Erected by the pupils of the Moonee Ponds School to the memory of their beloved schoolmates

James Bysouth aged 12 years and William aged 9 years

Who were both accidentally drowned whilst fishing in the Moonee Ponds Creek

24th March 1862

The elder met his death while nobly striving to save his younger brother


Source: MA
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