At twelve o’clock on 29 May 1854, Ellen Bell was found dead, lying on her face in front of her tent at Eureka, Ballarat. The verdict returned was death by natural causes resulting from congestion of the brain, presumably meaning a stroke or brain haemorrhage. John McAuliffe, a witness was asked whether Bell was a heavy drinker, but unfortunately the writing is so difficult to read, his answer to this question is uncertain.
VPRS 24 Inquest Deposition Files
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