James Joseph Monaghan
- Born: 1886, Tungamah, Victoria, Australia
- Died: 27 Oct 1922, Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia at age 36
- Buried: Coolamon Cemetery, Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia
Cause of his death was Anthrax.
From the Yarrawonga Chronicle 11 December 1900
A lad named Monaghan aged 14 years, residing with his family in this town, while harnessing a horse recently, was struck on the nose with a buckle on the animal's winkers, which caused a slight abrasion. Subsequently a fly settled on the wound and bit him, with the result that blood poisoning set in. On Sunday his condition had become so serious that medical consultation was held and the por little fellow's case being considered hopeless the new was gently broken to him. He received it with manly fortitude and said he was prepared to die. Yesterday he was delirious.
From the Yarrawonga Chronicle 13 December 1900
Unexpected recovery - We are happy to state that the lad Monaghan whose recovery was regarded as hopeless by the doctors last Sunday is now in a fair way of regaining his health. He was suffering from blood poisoning bought about by the bite of a fly on a slight abrasion upon his nose last week. The swelling caused by the poison is easing and we learn that he is now out of danger.
James Monaghan's Obituary
It is with feelings of regret we chronicle the death of Mr. James Joseph Monaghan, which sad event took place at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Monaghan, of Rannock, on Friday morning last. The deceased, who was 36 years of age, had been an invalid for 22 years, his acute sufferings being borne with a patience and fortitude remarkable in one so young. When only 14 years of age, during the big dought in Victoria, he contracted anthrax, the germs which entered his system being fly-borne. Everything that medical skill could suggest was availed of to combat the dread complaint, and the deceased was at some time an inmate of most of the hospitals in Victoria and N.S.W. Recently his leg was operated on in the Narandera Hospital, and after he had recovered from the operation his condition seems much improved. The night prior to his death he made a good meal, but early the next morning he took a particularly bad turn, and it was soon apparent that the end was near. He passed away very peacefully.
The funeral took place last Saturday in the R.C portion of the Coolamon cemetery, Father Gahan officiating at the graveside. There was a large attendance of Rannock residents, and many floral tributes were received. The mortuary arrangements were carried out to Mr. B. A. Budge. D. 27 - -10 - 1922.
James is buried in the Coolamon cemetery almost adjacent to his parents graves. His grave contains a memorial plaque for his brother Francis who was killed in action in WW1.
"At the age of 14 he contracted Anthrax. The germ entered his system being flyblown, everything that medical skill could suggest was availed of to combat the dreaded complaint, James had been in nearly every hospital in New South Wales and Victoria. Recently his leg was operated on in the Narrandera Hospital. He was making good progress on the 26th October, but by the 27th he took a turn for the worse and Passed away early in the morning. He was buried on Saturday in the Roman Catholic section of the Coolamon Cemetery. Father Gahen officiating at the graveside. There was a large attendance of Rannock residents."
Written in the local paper at the time of his death.