Times Gone By: Man found dead under tree

August 11

1933: A middle-aged man known as James Dwyer was found dead yesterday under a tree at Police Creek.

He had apparently camped at the spot the previous night, as a sugar bag containing clothing was found alongside the body.

A post mortem revealed that the death had resulted from pneumonia and heart failure, following a violent attack of influenza.

1971: The death in Brisbane of Mr W "Bill" Gleeson recently shocked his many friends and associates in Gladstone.

An extremely alert and active pensioner leader at 81, Mr Gleeson had been a worker for Labor and latterly a champion of pensioners' rights in Queensland.

Born at Many Peaks in 1890, Mr Gleeson started his working days in the Ogmore coal mines, before moving to Brisbane and gaining fitting and turning qualifications with the General Electric Company.

He spent some time in Rockhampton after marrying, and then moved to Gladstone where he worked at Swift's Meatworks until his retirement.

A sports enthusiast, he won a string of medals as a rugby league footballer at Many Peaks.

Mr Gleeson leaves his wife, Catherine, daughter Vera (Mrs P Molloy, Alderley), sons William, Bernie and Patrick, and daughter Doreen (Mrs R Littlemore).

He was predeceased by another daughter, Elvie (Mrs S Outtrim).

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